Harrry has been deployed to Afghanistan since December, but many news outlets agreed to keep the information secret for security reasons. The decision for Harry's swift removal came from the British Ministry of Defense who said in a statement,
The decision by elements of the foreign media to report Prince Harry's presence in Afghanistan without any consultation with the Ministry of Defense is regrettable. . . worldwide media coverage of Prince Harry in Afghanistan could impact on the security of those who are deployed there, as well as the risks to him as an individual soldier.
The decision must be disappointing for the royal who said in a recent interview, "At the end of the day I like to sort of be a normal person, and for once I think this is about as normal as I'm ever going to get. As far as I'm concerned, I'm out here as a normal JTAC on the ground and not as Prince Harry."