PrinCE hAs ‘DArk mo­mEnts’ As Air Am­Bu­lAnCE pi­lot

Duke of Cam­bridge jokes with cap­tain in doc­u­men­tary about his role

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@peter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

The Duke of Cam­bridge has talked about the “sad, dark mo­ments” of his job as an East Anglian Air Am­bu­lance pi­lot - while a col­league joked he was a source of “good tips” on par­ent­ing. Prince Wil­liam also re­vealed he en­joys work­ing as part of the four-strong he­li­copter crew in con­trast to his some­times solo role as a mem­berof the Royal Fam­ily.

The fu­ture king made the com­ments dur­ing an on­line BBC doc­u­men­tary chron­i­cling his work as a pi­lot with East Anglian Air Am­bu­lance (EAAA) - which in­cludes Peter­bor­ough as part if its patch, - and the ser­vice the char­ity pro­vides.

Sit­ting in the open door of an air am­bu­lance with cap­tain James Pusey, the Duke de­scribed the most dif­fi­cult emer­gency he has at­tended since he be­gan the job last sum­mer.

He said: “I think my most chal­lengin­gonewastodowith 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. “Yeah, there­ar­e­somev­erysad, dark mo­ments and you know wetalk­a­bouti­talot. That’s the best way of deal­ing with some of the sit­u­a­tions is you talk.”

Wil­liamjug­gleshis­roleasa pi­lot with his royal du­ties and onSatur­day will travel to Canada with wife Kate and their chil­dren, Prince Ge­orge, aged three, and16-month-old Princess Char­lotte, for an of­fi­cial eight-day trip.

The Duke and the cap­tain shared a joke, with Mr Pusey say­ing of his Royal col­league: “He’s very good­with ad­vice on par­ent­hood - in terms of good tips”, and Wil­liam laughed and replied “Dish­ing out par­ent ad­vice”.

Wil­liam added that when he started the job he was wor­ried how peo­ple at an emer­gency would re­act to him.

He said: “For­tu­nately they don’t re­ally care who­turn­sup as long as they’re get­ting the care and the help that they need. I have to say I was a lit­tle bit anx­ious of some of that when I first started, be­cause I didn’t want­to­bringany­chaos or any sort of un­help­ful­ness to the scene. And, ac­tu­ally, it’s worked­out­bet­terthanI­could pos­si­bly have thought.”

The­do­c­u­men­tary­has­been re­leased as part of Na­tional Air Am­bu­lance Week. To watch it visit www.bbc.com/ fu­ture

Prince Wil­liam with an air am­bu­lance. Pic: PA

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