The Sunday Times reports that Prince William has called time on his now 3-year career in the RAF Search & Rescue division.
The Sunday Times’ report said, “Prince William has told his commanding officer at RAF Valley search and rescue force that he has decided it is the right time to “move on”. He is expected to leave in the summer but it is not clear whether he will take up other duties in the armed forces.”
Prince William will leave the RAF and would return to the Blues & Royals regiment, a Household Cavalry regiment of the British Army which Prince William joined initially, and from where he transferred to the RAF.
The Duke of Cambridge’s brother, Prince Harry is also a Captain in the Blues and Royals, like William is now, and unlike his brother, Prince Harry is an active member of the regiment, recently notably going on deployment to Afghanistan. Officials refused to send Prince William to Afghanistan as an heir to the throne, the risk of capture and endangering the lives of those around him was too great.
One of the Sea King helicopters Prince William flies as a Search & Rescue pilot.
Prince William now has the choice to either return to the Blues & Royals (or to move onto something else within the Army), or to leave the Forces and to take up full time Royal Engagements, which seems like the most likely option for the 31-year-old Duke, who is expecting his first child with wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, in July.
The Duke will take paternity leave from the RAF for the birth of his first child and will leave the RAF in the summer.
St James’s Palace haven’t commented on the arrangements yet and we’re to expect some form of announcement within the next few weeks.