Prince Harry is to play the role of the Taliban in an army training exercise.

Popular on LondonNet

The 24-year-old price – who spent 10 weeks serving in Afghanistan earlier this year as part of the household cavalry – will command 12 men in light tanks as part of the exercise in mock ambushes in order to give troops heading to Afghanistan and Iraq a better understanding of being under attack.

Harry, who is a Lieutenant in the Household Cavalry’s Blues and Royals, will lead his squadron against a 1,000-strong regimental force at Suffield, near Medicine Hat in Canada.

An army source told the Sun: “The men being deployed to war zones have to be brought up to speed on fighting a dangerous enemy.

“Harry’s A Squadron will be setting up ambushes and carrying out hit-and-run attacks at any time of day and night.”

Harry flew to Afghanistan on December 14 and spent several weeks working in Garmsir in the far south of Helmand Province, operating just 500m from front line Taliban positions. The prince was forced to return home when his deployment was leaked breaking a voluntary media blackout on his whereabouts.

He has apparently asked to be sent back there when his regiment is redeployed next September.

Meanwhile, Harry impressed locals in Medicine Hat at the weekend when he headed to a local bar to play pool for four hours with army colleagues.

Ralph Steiert, the owner of Ralph’s Texas Bar and Steak House, said: “He’s a great kid, really down-to-earth. Talking to him was just like talking to one of your buddies.”