#PrinceWilliam could want to return to Air Ambulance as pandemic concerns rise

Prince William recalls 'seeing death' as an air ambulance pilot

The Duke of Cambridge worked as a pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance for two years before his family moved to London so he could focus on his duties as a senior royal. This period clearly had a profound impact on the second-in-line to the throne, as he has since admitted that it was “very traumatic” work and attending to children’s call-outs took him “over the edge”. But, William has recently expressed his concerns about the NHS during this health crisis, and told frontline workers how he “really worries” about their mental health.

He added: “You’re seeing such high levels of sadness, trauma, death that it impacts your own life and your own family life because it is always there.”

Speaking from his own experience, the Duke of Cambridge claimed that witnessing so much death “does impact how you see the world” and makes the world seem a “slightly depressed, darker, blacker place”.

William's work helping the NHS has not gone unnoticed, and he has been encouraged to help with the services in London.

The London Ambulance Service boss, Garrett Emmerson, said: “As [William] knows well, we have an air ambulance service here in London.

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“I know he would be welcome there any time.”

William also became the patron of the London Air Ambulance last March.

Prince William worked as an Air Ambulance pilot from 2015 to 2017Prince William worked as an Air Ambulance pilot from 2015 to 2017 (Image: Getty)

William left the East Anglian Air Ambulance in 2017William left the East Anglian Air Ambulance in 2017 (Image: Getty)

Indeed, a source told The Sun at the time: “William has been seriously considering returning as an air ambulance pilot to help in the current pandemic.

"He knows the whole country is doing its bit and he wants to help.

“But it’s complicated as he was originally grounded from the job so that he could become a senior working royal.”

The insider continued: “That role is even more important now given that Charles has been ill, Harry has walked away with Meghan and Andrew has been effectively barred from public life.

“But William is very keen to do anything he can to help.”

Although this source made these claims last March, the NHS is said to be a “breaking point”, according to the health service's chief executive Sir Simon Stevens.

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