Over the weekend, The Daily Mail published this update on Prince William’s career situation. After a second gap year, months of “studying” and then months more of “training,” then on top of that an extended two-month paternity leave, William is finally at work as an air ambulance pilot. Full-time. Maybe. The DM’s article wasn’t full of info beyond a few cursory PR angles to make it seem like William is just a bloke like everyone else. There’s no canteen so he’ll have to pack a lunch. He won’t be able to contact Kate when he’s on duty. He “doesn’t want any special treatment.”
So William showed up for his first day of real civilian work today and guess what happened? He brought photographers and journalists and he spent the first several hours of his first day of work posing for photos and talking about his family to the press. Sure. Here’s a clip from his interview:
Some assorted quotes:
Bringing Charlotte home: “It has been fantastic and she has been a little joy of heaven. But at the same time it is more responsibility, looking after two little ones, especially when George is around. He’s a little monkey. But it is fantastic having a lovely little family and I am so thrilled. And Catherine has been doing an amazing job as a mother and I’m very proud of her.”
Whether they’ll have a third child: “We’ve only just had the second one. You never know what is going to happen in the future.”
What this job gives him: “For me it is also really important to be grounded. I feel doing a job like this really helps with grounding the core of what I am trying to become… just trying to be a good guy, trying to do what you can, trying be a decent individual, thoughtful. Qualities in people that you would want to be associated with. There’s nothing to say I couldn’t do it for the rest of my life. I might be able to, and still balance the two. But obviously at some point there is probably going to be a lot more pressure and responsibility from the other side of my life. At the moment I’m juggling the two of them, and a young family. I’m enjoying it, and I like the challenge, but yes, inevitably down the line, things will probably become a little bit more difficult for me to do that. But while I’m still relatively young, I can manage the two jobs as best I can.”
The idea of becoming a full-time royal: “The term, ‘full-time royal role’ is bandied around quite a lot, and no-one actually really knows what that means, but I think I can still manage to do my commitments and my responsibilities as well as I can. The Queen is still very active and is still showing incredible leadership. My father is doing many, many engagements, as are the rest of the family, and so there’s a lot being done by the Royal family around the country. I hope to still be a part of that, and do as much as I can, but equally do something which I think is incredibly important and [will] prove me in good stead for the future.”
No one actually knows what full-time royal means? Um, we do know what it means. It means not going dark for months on end. It means not ignoring the meager patronages you do have. It means working to spread awareness about important causes and subjects. It means raising money to support those causes. It means proving you understand that the taxpayers support your existence and they want to make sure they’re making a good investment.
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