In his last chance for a sliver of a normal life, Prince William will take his final flight with the East Anglian Air Ambulance which he has worked with for the past two years.
Her Majesty granted her grandson permission to work for the rescue charity as a pilot before he becomes a full-fledged royal. She, herself, had the chance to live in Malta with Prince Philip while he served, giving her a more normal life and knows the importance in establishing that before the life-long dedication.
Since starting with the EAAA in March 2015, Prince William spent his time between his Anmer Hall home and Kensington Palace. Now with his grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, retiring from public duties, it is time that Prince William steps up to a full-time royal in preparation of one-day ascending to the throne.
No longer working with the EAAA, the Duke of Cambridge will also have more time to dedicate to his charity work such as Heads Together which was in part inspired by his work as an air ambulance pilot.
“I got interested in mental health for another reason. One that was related to my work as an air ambulance pilot. It was suicide, a subject that is so often hidden,” Prince William said in February while at a Guild of Health Writers conference.
In January of this year, it was announced that Prince William would not be renewing his contract with the EAAA. Upon the announcement, the Duke said: “I have had experiences in this job I will carry with me for the rest of my life.”
The Duke of Cambridge was paid an annual salary of £40,000 but gave all of that back to charity.
His move to London means that his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge will also be taking a larger public role. Prince George will be attending Thomas’s Battersea School and Princess Charlotte is likely to head to a local nursery.