Wills: let me fly on... Prince tells Queen he wants to stay in the RAF, not become a full-time royal
By REBECCA ENGLISH
Last updated at 10:08 AM on 26th September 2011
Prince William has told the Queen that he wants to remain in the RAF for as long as possible before he becomes a full-time royal.
The 29-year-old future king is desperate to delay plans to enter the ‘family firm’, and instead wants to focus on his job as a search and rescue pilot.His decision to stay in the RAF after 2013, when he is due to leave, has the full support of both his grandmother and his father, Prince Charles.Flight Lieutenant Wales, as he is known in the force, works as a Sea King co-pilot based at RAF Valley on Anglesey.
He also carries out around 40 public engagements each year – when work commitments allow – in connection with the charities he supports. In comparison, his 85-year-old grandmother still undertakes more than 300 engagements a year while his father, Prince Charles, conducts more than 500.
William had been due to leave the force in around 20 months’ time, after a three-year tour of duty.
But despite the popularity of the prince and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, he has made it clear his day job as a pilot comes ahead of any public engagements.
William has discussed his decision with the Queen and Prince Charles, both of whom have given their unequivocal support. ‘The Queen, in particular, is very sympathetic to the Duke of Cambridge’s feelings on the subject,’ a source close to the prince told the Mail.
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This is probably a good thing for everyone all around. An active, working, royal is good for the royal family's image. Prince William will be able to continue doing what he enjoys doing, the people will be able to take him seriously when he becomes king, and . . .Wills will get peace from his batshit crazy dad. And for those of us with batshit crazy parents. . . we feel you, Your Highness. Just do you, boo. :p