Prince Harry has reportedly joined a helicopter club in California so he can take Meghan and Archie on family trips.

The Duke of Sussex, 36, obtained a helicopter licence in 2013 while serving in the 3 Regiment Army Air Corps, where he qualified as an Apache helicopter commander.

He is required to keep practising to keep his licence current, a royal insider told The Sun.

The source said: "Harry has joined a local flying club in California so that he can keep his helicopter licence current.

"You know you have to do a number of hours per year otherwise your licence won’t be renewed, and that applies in the US as much as it does in the UK."

Prince Harry carries out a pre-flight check to his Apache helicopter in 2012

A friend of Harry’s added: "He’s very proud of that licence; he worked hard to get first the basic and then the Apache."

According to the source, Harry does not have his own helicopter yet,  but added that there “will be plenty of rich benefactors with helicopters who would love the royal association.”

During his time in the Army Air Corps he was assigned to 662 Squadron, 3 Regiment within 16 Air Assault Brigade.

He was awarded a prize for best co-pilot gunner when he first qualified as an Apache pilot in February 2012.

Prince Harry examines the 30mm cannon of an Apache helicopter in 2012

His role included providing cover from above as the team retrieved casualties from the battlefield, ofter under enemy fire.

Harry later qualified as an Apache helicopter commander in 2013 after three years of training.

Prince Harry previously told his friends he misses the Army and believes his life has been "turned upside down".

A well-placed source told  The Daily Telegraph  the Duke of Sussex has revealed to pals he is "really missing" his time as a soldier and his military appointments.

Harry previously told his friends he misses the Army

These include Captain General of Marines, Honorary Air Commandant Royal Air Force Honington, and Commodore-in-Chief of Small Ships and Diving.

The source continued: “He was in a happy place when he was serving in the Army, then he met Meghan and since then life has been great. But I don’t think he foresaw things turning out quite as they did.”

However, they added Harry doesn't blame Meghan, 38, with the couple and son Archie now living in the US, but has a sense he was potentially "better protected" in the forces.

After stepping down as senior members of the Royal Family, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex bought an £11million mansion in Santa Barbara to live in with baby Archie, one.

Some of Harry's friends claim the Duke of Sussex has signed up for web-based production courses and is happy to start from the bottom.

A source told the Sunday Mirror: “Harry has been doing courses, most recently a five-day ‘creative producing lab’.

“There is talk of Ron Howard being someone to emulate. It would prove to his family and the world he’s not going to sit back and sponge off his name.

“Harry wants to work and is willing to do that from the bottom up. He also doesn’t want to be in Meghan’s shadow either.

"He is in a very creative headspace and is determined to work as hard as he can.”