Thirty-three-year-old Prince William joined the East Anglian Air Ambulance as a pilot and was on an emergency mission on Monday. The Duke of Cambridge, a father of two, went through rigorous months of training and exams to qualify for his new role.
Two hours after he checked in, William and his team were dispatched to respond to an emergency call. He said he hope he can deal with fatherhood, being a pilot and royal obligations, a TV report said.
“It’s my first day and I’m feeling the nerves. I’m really looking forward to getting started,” William quipped.
“Doing a job like this really helps me to be grounded and that’s the core of what I’m trying to become,” William continued and added that he is trying to be a good guy and be able to deliver what is expected of him.
The Duke has three years of experience as a pilot during his three-year military stint, where he was a part of a rescue team.
Second in line to the British throne, William posited he could manage flying helicopters until the royal throne calls out on him.
“There’s nothing to say I couldn’t do it for the rest of my life. Inevitably down the line, things will probably become a little bit more difficult for me to do that,” William said and added that, “at the moment, I’m juggling it and enjoying it.”
Working on a four-day shift and four-day rest day, the Duke remarked that while he is still relatively young, he will manage the two responsibilities the best he can.
When asked about his daughter, Charlotte, William answered, “It’s been fantastic, she’s a little joy of heaven.”
His wife, Duchess of Cambridge Catherine “Kate” Middleton gave birth to their second child on May 2. Their first-born son and third in line to the throne, George, will turn two on July 22.