03/28/2008 02:46 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Prince Harry Fighting In Afghanistan For Last Three Months, Reports Say

UPDATE: US Magazine Says Prince Harry Returning From Afghanistan:

Prince Harry is on a plane out of Afghanistan, a source told

The 23-year-old royal has been serving there with British troops since December, it was reported today.

"We will not comment on the whereabouts of Prince Harry," a Ministry of Defense spokesperson told Us.

UPDATE: MSNBC released video of Prince Harry firing a machine gun. The clip also includes Prince Harry's comments on first learning he was going to Afghanistan.

British news outlets The Guardian, The Daily Mail and the BBC are now running stories revealing that Prince Harry has been fighting in Afghanistan for the last 10 weeks.

The Guardian:

Prince Harry has been secretly serving in Afghanistan with British troops since last December, it emerged today.

The news of his operational posting leaked out following the breakdown of a news blackout agreement with the media when the story was posted on the US-based Drudge Report website.

The Daily Telegraph:

Harry has personally fired a machine gun at the Taliban Prince Harry has personally fired a machine gun at the Taliban during a front line clash in Afghanistan.

Manning a powerful .50 calibre machine gun for the first time, Harry helped Gurkha troops repel an insurgent attack on the southernmost British position in Helmand.

: Prince Harry serving in Helmand Province

Prince Harry has been fighting the Taleban on the front line in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.

Harry, 23, who is third in line to the throne, has spent the last 10 weeks serving in Helmand Province.

The Drudge Report first lead with the news that Prince Harry has been fighting in Afghanistan for three months. Drudge used Australian magazine New Idea and German Magazine BILD as sources.

Below is the article from New Idea that was published on January 7. According to Wikipedia, New Idea magazine was ranked 3rd in Australia in 2006, ahead of Reader's Digest. The magazine apparently published the full report in it's paper copy.

Prince Harry has joined his regiment on a covert mission to Afghanistan and his unit has already seen front line action.

Not seen in public since the middle of December, New Idea can exclusively reveal that despite opposition from senior members of the British government and the royal family itself, Harry now joins his uncle Prince Andrew as a royal who has been to war.

'At first there was a lot of resistance' said a friend 'but Harry threatened to resign his commission and serve as a private if he was kept from the battlefield - and that proved to be the final straw'.

Full details on this breaking story in this week's New Idea

Photos of Prince Harry in Afghanistan: