Prince Harry to \'leave armed forces\'
Prince Harry to \'leave armed forces\' Reuters

Prince Harry is close to quitting the British Armed Forces and bringing down a curtain on his military career, according to reports.

The fourth in line to the English throne is reportedly looking to focus upon charity activities, following the success of last year's Invictus games for disabled war veterans.

Buckingham Palace refused to confirm the story which the Standard broke, but Palace sources hinted the end may be near.

Refusing to confirm or deny the report, a spokesman said: "Prince Harry is currently focussed on his work supporting the MoD's recovery capability programme to ensure those who are wounded injured or sick have appropriate recovery plans and the necessary support thy require.

"It's a natural progression from the work he did organising the Invictus Games. This involves working alongside case officers in London District's Personal Recovery Unit and visiting various recovery centres and partner agencies (like Forces charities and the NHS) around the country."

Harry became the first royal to serve in a combat zone in decades, when he did two tours of duties in Afghanistan. He was nicknamed the "ginger bullet magnet" by comrades for desirability as a target.

He flew Apache helicopters in the second tour in 2012, having taken part in ground patrols during his first stint in 2008.