Give Him a Break! Prince William Under Fire for 20-Hour Work Week
The Duke and dad of two is catching flack for his job as an air ambulance pilot.
Striking a perfect balance between work and home is never easy, particularly when you're trying to juggle two jobs with a young family. Just ask Prince William. The Duke of Cambridge has been under fire since it was revealed that he routinely clocks around 20 hours of flying time a week for his shift with the East Anglian Air Ambulance, while only taking on a small number of royal duties.
The pilot gig allows William and wife Kate to base much of their family life at their 10-bedroom estate in Norfolk, with Prince George attending preschool nearby, according to People. But while some have been quick to point out Williams seems reluctant to take on more official duties, the charity he flies for is now rallying behind him, calling him a "respected and integral team member."
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"Like all our pilots who fly on behalf of EAAA, the Duke of Cambridge is a highly experienced and skilled professional," a spokeswoman said. "Our pilots work in collaboration with the clinical crew by landing as close to the scene as possible and by expediting a fast and efficient onward journey where necessary by airlifting patients to the most appropriate hospital. Each member of our four-person crew takes a full and active role in the work of the charity. The Duke of Cambridge is an active, respected, and integral team member."
Meanwhile, a spokeswoman at William's office at Kensington Palace says the Duke remains "incredibly grateful" to have the opportunity to carry out his work with the East Anglian Air Ambulance. "It is a great opportunity to connect directly with the community," she said. "He considers it very rewarding to be part of a team that provides such a valuable, and often life-saving, public service."
William is the first senior heir to the throne to work in a civilian job—People says his $60,000 a year salary is donated to charity—and some have suggested his day job will inevitably have to come to an end. But Will isn't so sure. "Obviously at some point there is going to be a lot more pressure and responsibility from the other side of my life," he told the BBC back in July. "But at the moment I'm juggling the two of them and a young family and I'm enjoying the challenge."
Awww, his struggle is real, you guys. Let's give him a break, OK?
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