Prince William had been a full-time air ambulance pilot for two years before deciding to assume more royal functions. This experience brought the Duke of Cambridge closer to the key workers who continue to leave their homes to fight COVID-19 or to keep Britain working as well as possible, a source said.
The source told The Sun: “William has seen first-hand the impact that working on the front lines can have on your mental health and well-being.
“Making sure the support is in place for this will be at the heart of his job.”
In 2014, Prince William accepted a full-time helicopter pilot position with the East Anglian Air Ambulance based at Cambridge Airport.
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After training and obtaining a civil pilot license, William began working as an EAAA pilot at Norwich Airport in July 2015.
He finished his last shift in July 2017, when he resigned from his pilot position to become a full-time royal.
However, the Duke continues to support air ambulance pilots.
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In 2019, William supported a fundraising initiative launched by the London Air Ambulance charity to mark his birthday.
In March 2020, the duke became the patron of this charity.
The source’s allegations arise when the Duke of Cambridge launched an initiative supported by himself and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge – Our Frontline.
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This project, created in collaboration with Shout, Samaritans, Mind and Hospice UK, includes 24-hour individual sessions and online resources to support key workers, NHS front-line staff and people working in social care. struggling with mental problems. well-being.
Before launching it, Kate and William spoke with several key workers to understand their challenges and mental tensions during the coronavirus pandemic.
Some of their stories would have made Kate cry.
The source added, “They were both incredibly touched by the stories they heard and Kate, in particular, was moved to tears by some of the stories she heard about the sacrifices that frontline workers do. “
The Our Frontline initiative was born out of collaboration between mental health charities and the Cambridges.
And the Duchess of Cambridge was “pivotal” in preparation for the launch, the source added.
They said: “Kate has been involved in planning and coordinating this response and will play a leading role in the work of Our Frontline.
“She plays a central role in all of this and is particularly concerned that the children and families of front-line staff be kept in mind when deploying services.
“Kate and William are both deeply committed to making sure the support is there now and into the future.”
Kate and Prince William promised last week that our front line will be their priority until the end of the pandemic.
The Duke said: “Millions of frontline workers across the UK have put their physical and mental health at risk to protect us.
“Catherine and I will do our best to support our front line.”