Military Academy Preps for Harry's Arrival

Military Academy Preps for Harry's Arrival
Prince Harry
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11/12/2004 08:00AM

There were stern words for Prince Harry on Thursday, when he was told not to expect any special favors when he enters the top British military academy Sandhurst early next year.

He was also reminded that he will be grounded should he step out of line.

The warning comes as Harry, 20, is still being dogged by reports of his wild ways, displayed last month in a fracas with a photographer outside a London nightclub.

Maj.-Gen. Andrew Ritchie, the Commandant at the Royal Military Academy of Sandhurst, tells PEOPLE, "I view very dimly drunk driving or misbehaving over the weekend. I have removed certain cadets because of their standard of behavior has fallen below what I would expect of a young officer in the army."

Not that Ritchie, 51, doesn't expect young men to act up from time to time. "They all have fun but they have to do it within boundaries," he says. As for Harry: "He is the same as everyone else. That is what he would expect and everybody else would expect."

The major general was speaking at an open house at the military school where the prince will train for about 44 weeks – and where he will be known as Officer Cadet Wales and Mr. Wales. But his fellow cadets "will call him what he wants to be called and what they want to call him," says Ritchie.

In his first weeks at Sandhurst, Harry will not be allowed any modern conveniences in his simple 15-ft.-by-15-ft. room – which is furnished with a sink, wardrobe closet, a single bed and a desk. He will share a bathroom with the 30 other cadets. Lights out is at 11 p.m. and the next day starts around 5.30 a.m.

Last week, Harry paid a quiet visit to the academy, picking up his boots so that he can break them in before he has to wear them for the grueling drills and marches. If successful at Sandhurst, Harry will enter the army as a Second Lieutenant.
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