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Last Updated: Tuesday, 30 November, 2004, 16:26 GMT
Harry delays entry to Sandhurst
Prince Harry
Prince Harry is likely to be referred to as 'Wales' at Sandhurst, says Clarence House
Prince Harry is to delay his entry into Sandhurst to allow a knee injury to recover, Clarence House has announced.

The prince was due to enrol at the prestigious royal military academy in January, but will now not begin his officer training until May.

The prince injured his knee while training with the Army ahead of his test for Sandhurst during the summer.

He aggravated the injury in October while coaching children for the Rugby Football Union.

At the weekend Clarence House dismissed press speculation that Harry would have to postpone his entry into Sandhurst because of injury to his left knee.

However, a Clarence House statement on Tuesday said although an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan had shown troubling bruising had cleared up, Harry wanted to be in the best shape for the academy.

It said Harry had made the decision with the support of his medical advisers and his father.

'100% prepared'

Harry said: "The specialist has told me my knee has recovered, and with physiotherapy, and strength and conditioning work it should be back to normal soon.

"However, I want to make sure I am 100% physically prepared for Sandhurst, so I have decided to wait until May just to be sure.

The prince added: I am still very much looking forward to starting my Army career next year."

Harry had to pass a four-day assessment which featured an obstacle course, fitness tasks and a military planning exercise to win his place at Sandhurst.

He spent most of November on a polo farm in Argentina where he worked on the complex, rather than playing the sport, because of his injury.

It was claimed that the prince returned to the UK early because of a threat to security, but it later transpired that he had flown back as scheduled.



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