The Prince of Wales has made a surprise visit to a British patrol base during a two-day visit to the volatile southern Afghanistan province of Helmand. Under heavy security, Prince Charles met more than 140 troops on the front line in the battle against the Taliban. The heir to the throne received a briefing from US commander General Stanley McChrystal before meeting a range of Afghan civic leaders. He held talks with Afghan community leaders and discussed projects to regenerate culture and the arts. Prince Charles wore body armour and travelled in an armoured convoy in the capital Kabul. His younger son Prince Harry served in Afghanistan for 10 weeks in 2008 before news of his deployment was leaked by the media. Prince Charles is the most senior British royal to visit the conflict zone in Afghanistan.