Prince William set to give up rescue pilot job to take on royal duties full time


    Prince William is set to give up his job as an Air Ambulance pilot to take on royal duties full time as the Queen scales down her activities. The prince and Kate Middleton are due to permanently move from Anmer Hall in Norfolk to Kensington Palace before September as their son, Prince George, has been enrolled in school nearby.

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be taking on some duties from the Queen, who is 90. The monarch has already announced she is stepping down as patron of more than 20 charities in April, and handing over to younger members of the royal family.

    According to a source close to the royals, Prince William has not been pressured in any way to increase the amount of duties he takes on. It comes after he came under fire for the number of official engagements he attended. Las year, he spent 80 days carrying out official engagements, while, for the Duchess of Cambridge, it was 63 days. Prince Philip, meanwhile, who is 95, carried out 110 days of official engagements, while the Queen had 80 days’ worth of duties.

    Move to London

    Prince William has already insisted that he takes his duties very seriously and would step up to take on more if the Queen decided it was time. He first started worked part time for the East Anglian Air Ambulance Service in 2015.  His contract runs out in two months. However, it is understood that he may continue in the role until the summer, before the planned move to London.

    It is understood that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are keen to expand their Royal Foundation and will be concentrating on causes close to their heart, including mental health. Prince George, who is now three, is said to be on the list for the £20,000 a year Wetherby Pre-Prep School, which is the same one his father went to.