London, March 2 : Prince Harry's desire to return to Afghanistan "very, very soon" seems doubtful after the Army's chief appeared to discard the idea for the next 18 months.
General Sir Richard Dannatt said that there was no "immediate prospect" of the prince going "anywhere else" after returning from war-torn province of Helmand on March 1.
Sources say that the news is a blow to the prince, who does not "want to sit around Windsor".
Prince Harry returned to the UK on March 1 after a news leak terminated his front-line deployment.
Following this, the young royal voiced his wish of returning to the forefront as soon as possible, reports BBC.
However, Sir Richard, chief of the Army's general staff, said: "As an enthusiastic young officer I would expect him to want to do that."
"He's just had a deployment, we wouldn't expect to send any young officer in the normal course of events who has just had - albeit 10 weeks and that quite quickly - for another tour.
"So actually the immediate prospect of Prince Harry going anywhere else is some way off in the future," he added.
Explaining Harry's regimental commitments, Sir Richard further said: "It actually is hypothetical for the next 12 to 18 months whether he would or wouldn't deploy again."
He added that though the prince would be "disappointed," he would be "understanding" as well.