Prince William Returning to the Cockpit?

By ABC News

May 26, 2014 11:01am

Nearly one year after Britain’s Prince William stepped away from his duties as a search and rescue pilot with the Royal Air Force (RAF), new reports say the prince could be climbing back into the cockpit.

The U.K.’s Sunday Times reports William, 31, is seriously considering taking a “day job” with the East Anglian Air Ambulance service in Norfolk, near the country home he shares with his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, and their nearly 1-year-old son, Prince George.

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The reason for the change is that William is not yet ready to take on full-time royal engagements, according to the Times.

“The Duke is fully committed to his foundation and charities, but he feels he has not yet got flying out of his system,” a royal aide told the Times.

William completed seven-and-a-half years of full-time military service before leaving operational service in the armed forces last September. As an RAF pilot, he reached the level of captain and garnered headlines when, in August 2012, he completed two rescues in four days.

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As a pilot with the nonprofit East Anglian Air Ambulance, William would join a crew, “called to an average of four incidents per day,” including, “life threatening situations such as road traffic accidents and medical emergencies,” according to the unit’s website.

“He absolutely loves flying and it gives him the opportunity to fly,” said ABC News’ royal contributor Victoria Murphy.

The palace has not confirmed the reports surrounding Prince William’s future. In a statement to ABC News, the palace would say only, “The Duke is considering a number of options for public service.”

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In December of last year, the prince went back to school,  attending a 10-week program in agricultural management at the University of Cambridge consisting of seminars, lectures and meetings.

An unnamed royal aide told the Sunday Times that Prince William has consulted with both his father, Prince Charles, and his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, about his plans and that the family is “fully supportive” of his plan.

“I think the Queen will be supportive of him having another role as well,” said Murphy.  “She wants him to be happy.”

 

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