As the desert dust settles on his return from the frontline - and the storm dies down over the headlines - a Tonight special considers what's next for Prince Harry, as he steps out of the anonymity of an army uniform and back into the public glare.
We hear from the Officer who trained him to fly the elite Apache Helicopter - speaking to the media for the first time. Former Apache Squadron Commander Richard Youngs describes a dedicated professional who longs for a life in the army - who's been desperate to prove himself because of who he is:
Youngs also describes how Harry's colleagues would shield him from the photographers who were often hiding at the perimeter fence during his training here in the UK.
It's this cat and mouse game with the media which ultimately shapes how the public view Harry. At the moment he's carried on an apparent wave of affection by the British public - but as history tells us - this can ebb and flow.
Even Republican author Jonathan Freedland has sympathy with the Princes position:
And what of a future wife? Some of his female contemporaries tell us (as Harry admitted himself this week) that the notion of a fairytale Princess marriage is a far cry from the brutal reality of the gilded cage. He may now be one of the world's most eligible bachelors but who would want to step up to the Royal plate, knowing their entire lives would be turned over?
So how does he shape an ancient Royal role - part soldier, part charity campaigner, part celebrity - never quite destined for the throne - which fits 21st century Britain?
Tonight: What's Next For Prince Harry, Thursday at 7.30pm on ITV