Prince William Candidly Discusses The 'Sad, Dark Moments' Working As An Air Ambulance Pilot

The Duke of Cambridge has opened up about testing times in his career, balancing duties as a pilot and monarch and banter with co-workers


Dealing with the tribulations, stresses and pressures of one full-time job is hard enough, so imagine what it's like for the Duke of Cambridge, who splits his time between working as an air ambulance pilot and representing the Royal family.

In an interview for a BBC documentary detailing his work as a pilot for East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA), the monarch opened up about the heart-breaking and pressurised situations he's faced so far in his career.


'I think my most challenging one was to do with burns. There's one job in particular that was really quite nasty and I don't know how the medical crew dealt with it either because they came to the rescue and did everything they (could) and sadly the casualty was beyond help,' he told the BBC. 

'Yeah, there are some very sad, dark moments and you know we talk about it a lot.

'That's the best way of dealing with some of the situations is you talk,' he added. 


Working as part of the four-strong helicopter team appears to have been a blessing for the father-of-two, who admitted the best way of dealing with the stressful times is with banter with his colleagues during the working day.

'It helps de-stress and it also brings us together.

'Because if you share the same, in some cases, sad incidents then, if you can get over it together, by being able to talk about it in the future, being a close team you come away with a collective way of dealing with it together and (it) helps you move on to whatever you've got to do next,' he continued.

William – who will leave for an official tour of Canada with Kate and their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte later this week – also revealed the job satisfaction he receives from working for the charity and as a team, in contrast to his often solitary monarchal obligations. 

'It's rewarding when I come here to do this job and I really look forward to coming here every day, whether it's at 5.30am or going to bed at two in the morning.

'The shift work is still exciting and challenging for its variety more than anything and the fact that I love working in a team.

'And that's something that my other job doesn't necessarily do. You're more out there on your own a little bit, but I very much enjoy working with the likes of James and the team and it's good fun,' he said. 

Fortunately for the future King, his royal status isn't likely to get in the way of his career – a concern that initially played on the 34-year-old's mind.

'I didn't want to bring any chaos or any sort of unhelpfulness to the scene.

'And, actually, it's worked out better than I could possibly have thought.' 

In fact, his crew mates admit his presence is much needed, especially when it comes to dishing out parenting advice.

Co-worker James Pusey notes: 'He's very good with advice and parenthood - in terms of good tips.'

Seriously William, adopt us, now. 

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