Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Prince William's Future Plans?, RAF Privatised, Spring Sales + More

Hello Duchess Kate readers,

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's next engagements are scheduled for April 4th and 5th in Scotland where they will join Prince Charles. During the interim William and Kate are currently in Anglesey where the Duchess was spotted shopping for groceries in a local supermarket yesterday (most likely Waitrose or Tesco). It has been some time since Kate was spotted on the island off the north west coast of Wales due to illness early on in her pregnancy. I expect she's had her twenty week scan and is enjoying the remainder of her pregnancy.

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Meanwhile, in his role as RAF Search and Rescue pilot, Prince William helped to save six climbers in heavy snow during two mountain rescues last night. The Daily Express reports:

'First, the Sea King whisked three men in their 20s off Snowdon after one of them had dislocated his shoulder. Soon after, he and his crew were call in to save another three men, also in their 20s from 2,000 ft up on the north face of Tryfan, a peak above the Ogwen Valley.'

As we all know William adores his position at RAF Valley and has been struggling to reach a decision about whether or not to remain with the RAF (we were told in November a decision would be reached by the end of 2012) or take on more royal engagements and move permanently to London. Recent news would suggest the decision has been taken out of the Prince's hands with news that the UK's search and rescue is to be privatised. It was officially confirmed this morning the award of the £1.6 billion deal to Bristow Helicopters ends seven decades of service run by RAF and Royal Navy Squadrons.

The ITV Story shares this:

'The new service has been divided into two contracts and both have gone to the same company. But the privatised service will protect the same length of coastline and the same area of sea using 2 fewer bases. 
On an island nation with more than 10 thousand miles of coastline, the SAR service is called upon around two thousand times per year. 
Prince William, however, is unlikely to have his contract transferred to an American firm. When the contract starts in 2015, Flight Lieutenant Wales is expected to be moved to another role in the British Military.'

It is understood William voiced his concerns over privatisation plans to the Prime Minister to no avail. It certainly is the end of an era for Search and Rescue operations in Britain and a life-changing time for William.  A part-time role with the Household Cavalry has been suggested, as it would allow time for more engagements whilst enabling William to continue his military career.

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We can expect to hear confirmation on William's plans and Kate's new patronages in the coming weeks.

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A selection of Spring sales are currently taking place at a number of Kate's favourite brands. REISS are offering up to 30% off on a number of striking garments including the Fiorella, the stripe lace Alexie, the pam print Helen and the Vivian pacific blue jacket.


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L.K. Bennett's Spring reductions are also up to 30% in their bags, shoes and clothing departments. Two pairs of gorgeous boots currently reduced are the Sarah Leather Knee High Riding Boots and the Tillly Leather Knee High Boots

L.K. Bennett

While we're discussing L.K. Bennett, the brand have a fabulous Repli-Kate for the brown suede biker jacket Kate wore at a polo match this year. The jacket has proved incredibly popular yet remains a UFO (unidentified fashion object).



The tan Effie Suede Biker Jacket is remarkably similar to Kate's but also a very expensive purchase. At £645 the Effie is certainly an investment piece.

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MANGO has a very affordable alternative in a range of colours for just under $100. The Sale features up to 70% off.

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OASIS has a terrific sale at the the moment with up to 70% off selected items. One can receive an additional 20% off dresses by entering the code DRESS20 at the checkout :)


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Kate graces the cover of Hello! Magazine this week.

Hello! Magazine

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There has been ongoing discussion in the comments section about the possibility of a live group chat taking place. One would sign in using their Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo or MySpace account and you could all ask questions and discuss previous and upcoming events. We're trying to organise a time/day which would be suitable for the majority. Let us know if you're interested by leaving a comment!

Next, we'll be continuing with 'Kate Loves' :)

67 comments:

  1. Love reading those!!! Beautiful photos!
    XOXOXOXOXOXO

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  2. Kate, Texas, USA26 March 2013 at 16:56

    Thanks for the update Charlotte! I am a little confused as to what the final is on William's plans. So, will he be staying in the military? Will he be staying with the RAF through 2015 until the new contract starts?

    Glad to know Kate is able to spend time with William in Anglesey. This is such a fun time in Kate's pregnancy! I would also think if William does leave the RAF and they make London their home, it will be nice to spend some quiet moments in their farmhouse where so many memories have been made. :)

    Looking forward to joining the upcoming chat! I'll be waiting for details. I guess I will be heading to Barnes and Noble for my copy of Hello! Hope you are all having a great week and staying warm!

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  3. Yay a new post! I enjoy this blog so much, thank you for your amazing work! I thought when william is done with RAF he is becoming a full time royal? Why an other military position? I was actually excited for them to become fulltime royals bc this would mean we'd see kate more often

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  4. Sarah from Calif.26 March 2013 at 17:15

    Well I will be blunt. An American Firm taking over. Hmmm for some reason I'm not to impressed or happy about that. I guess these kind of things happen all of the time all over the world but, they better be hiring all United Kingdom people.
    I'm sure the RAF has been a life changing experience for William.

    I do love that pant suit and the boots. The Oasis dresses are very cute. Wish I could wear them. If only they were a bit longer.... :)

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    1. Of course they will hire local pilots, as you have to have pilots who are certifed by the county. This is just a way to have a managment company run it and the staff do't get the benefits they got from the military. In tough economic times all over the world countries try to save money and this is one example.

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    2. the company already carry out SAR in the UK - 7000 peopl rescued according to media reports. IT seems that SAR personnel will be made redundant but the new company will want to hire them. They do not have spare staff who know the areas just hanging about. Also, for those who are employed by the company, they will be retrained on the most uptodate equipment available. Much as we in the UK love the Seakings, they ar past their sell-buy date. Its change and we dont always like it but they will be able to do the job - its their business.

      William could stay in until 2015, but would be based elsewhere - Wattisham most likely. He and Catherine could be based at Anmer Hall. I could see him staying until the handover. He's only 30/31. There are 50 odd years of life ahead as a minimum. Time enough to go full on Royal Family. 2015 seems good to me.

      All I hope is that whatever decision is made, including Catherine's "maternity leave" - William takes responsibility. She takes a lot of noise from many sources when all she does is support William. He needs to man up and take the flak. Apparently he's had training for that :)

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    3. Pauline: There was a trial balloon floated at the same time the "no nannies" item came out that Carole would move into KP to help with the baby.

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  5. Thank you for your comments.

    Regarding William, nothing official has been clarified yet but given the RAF privitisation we can assume he won't be continuing with the RAF but I can't see him quitting military life. I think they'll move to Kensington full time and he'll take on a part time military role with more engagements.

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  6. Great post, Charlotte! I like your "UFO" comment. ;o)

    I'm sorry that the decision re: the RAF has been taken out of William's hands. I hope that he will participate in another aspect of military life. I think you're right, Charlotte, that a part time military role would be perfect for him. He could fulfill more royals duties while still being able to serve GB through the military.

    Looking forward to the live chat!
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    1. I'm sure this will bring a tear to everyone's eyes, but I won't be participating in the chat as I don't have accounts at any of those places. Well, I guess I lied. I do have a twitter account but never use it, and no way will any comment I made be 145 characters or less. One way to shut me up though!

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    2. I have to admit, my opinion of William has plummeted. I wonder if the military career is a way out of his royal obligations. Just my opinion, of course.

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    3. Bluhare - One just needs to have one of those accounts to sign in but the chat won't be on Twitter so the number of characters are not restricted :)

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    4. Marion from Germany26 March 2013 at 19:44

      Unfortunately I have the same problem as Bluhare: I don't have accounts at any of those places, so I have to think about getting one and how to do that.

      Regarding Kate and William becoming full time royals: I don’t think that this will happen in the near future, because Kate cannot be both: a full time mother and a full time royal, so she has to decide on which to focus. I think everyone will know and understand what her choice will be like. And I guess that they will have more than just one child, so they need some more family years.

      I remember that Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands once said that she wanted to give her son and her daughter-in-law some precious years to start their family life and enjoy it before passing on the title, the duties and time-consuming work to the next generation. That was a wise decision, so Kate and William should also have that opportunity.

      And as long as they are second in line to the throne, Charles and Camilla will have to do the major part of the work.

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    5. I have the same problem of Bluhare and Marion from Germany because I hate social networks... so I have only a google account!

      Concerning the comment of Marion, I have found very interesting the parallel between the Royals of the Netherlands and UK and I agree with her: W&K should have some years to build their family in serenity.

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    6. Marion, William can, and should IMO. He's managed to avoid it long enough, what with all this dithering about what he wants to do.

      He strikes me as a spoilt child, not a good trait in a public servant, in my opinion. Kate's just the opposite,she's always sunny in her disposition. If William hates being a royal so much, it would be easy enough to take himself out of the line. His great great uncle did it.

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    7. Sarah from Calif.27 March 2013 at 01:07

      bluhare, Prince Harry is going to be in USA in May! Wasnt it you that really like him? This is according to Hello mag. on - line. The closest he will be west is Colorado but who knows he might pop over to Calif. for some polo. If it wasn't you sorry about this.

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    8. Pauline Oak HIlls27 March 2013 at 01:20

      @bluhare- It is not that easy for William to say good bye to being a royal and caring out all of his duties. We have to remember he is only the second in line. His father & Camilla will have to step up and take on more royal duties.

      I can see how you think he is spoiled and might be. But you can not compare his great great uncle because that was to be the next king and he wanted to marry a divorced woman.

      He is still young and if he decides to stay in the military it might just be on a part time basis. That way he & his Duchess can do more engagements and still have private time to be with their baby.

      And I hope you decide to join in on the chat. Just get a facebook account. That is very easy to do.

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    9. Kate, Texas, USA27 March 2013 at 02:35

      Bluhare, we're going to make you participate in this live chat....LOL!!! :) As far as William's military career, he's served a good 8 years. I think it would be a great time to step out and become a full-time Royal. I do know he loves the military and serving his country, but the Queen and Prince Philip are not getting any younger...87 and 92 this year. For that matter, Prince Charles and Camilla aren't getting any younger either. I know it has been said they are moving towards a slimmed-down monarchy, but with the current working Royals aging and the younger generation not taking on full-time work, I wonder how it will work. I think time to establish their family and time together is important also and something both William and Kate seem to want to do. Speaking of aging Royals.... Charlotte, have you heard any news on the Duke of Kent's recovery?

      Sarah, I had read a while back one of the British papers saying that Harry was coming to the US in May, but the details of the trip were not going to be released until a later date. Wonder if a stop in Vegas is on the agenda...LOL!!! :)

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    10. Sarah: I know! Not in our part though. He's so cute. I just adore Harry. He has his mother's star power and will eclipse William in my opinion. If allowed, that is. William, being heir will take precedence. I don't know if anyone else has noticed, but when Harry gets good press, all of a sudden we hear something about Brave William. Although maybe my tinfoil hat is blocking the signals again.

      Pauline: Oh, I absolutely agree that William can't simply walk away. It would be a huge deal and cause anothe crisis, mostly because Harry might be screaming bloody murder if it meant William's children were out of the line. I was just musing that if William does dislike it so much, which he appears to, he does have options.

      I don't do Facebook. I used to have an account but when they asked me if I wanted to be friends with someone whose name they could only get from going through my email, I left and won't be going back. I could not believe that violation of privacy and I had my account set as secure as I could.

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    11. I have to disagree politely with Marion from Germany's comment that Kate can't be a full time mum and a full time Royal. If you take the Queen and Princess Anne, arguably the hardest working members of the RF, they managed to raise 6 children between them and kept a full time role. And let's not forget the millions of women who are mums and still work many more hours a week than any Royal and without the luxuries that wealth and privilege bring. Kate could take on full time royal duties and still have many more hours with her child than most working mums could dream of. Annie, UK

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    12. Anonymous: I agree with you for the most part. I think Kate could do some duties while still caring for her child. It will depend on how much help she has. If she's true to her word that she wants to be a hands on mother, she won't have time. But, if it's also true Carole will be moving in to be around her grandchild* then Kate would indeed have time. My money says Kate hires a nannny/housekeeper. In fact, I thought they advertised for one a while back, and I read it, but I can't remember if childcare as needed was on the job description. I do know it had a lot of duties on it!

      The Queen is the Queen, and the only bad thing I will say about her is that she ws far from a loving mother to at least her first two children. Charles in particular. I think he's lived with the ramifications of that all his life, and is why he's tried to be so hands on with his sons. Even Diana, after they had come to some sort of rapprochement after their divorce had nothing bad to say about him as a father. She also worked after having her children, but she had nannies.

      *Poor William if he's living with his mother in law!!

      So this long winded post is to say that yes, she could work after she has her child, but not at his/her detriment. I know what it's like to have a disinterested mother.

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    13. bluhare, being a stay at home hands on mom is wonderful but, it does not mean it is the perfect solution for balanced, well rounded kids. I know I stayed at home the best I could but my boys have still had their share of ups and downs. If only someone could write the perfect book. Ha it's not going to happen because no one (person) is the same. What wipes me out might not even effect you or vice versa. I get the feeling Kate and William will do all in their power to be there for their children . They both have great examples in the Middleton's. In this world and these times I think Kate will need to work some. I'm sorry about your mum. I will say this carefully. You can learn what not to do from your situation and maybe be the best mom some day. If you decide not to have children you can empathise with those who did not have a mom there for them. My folks met my practical needs but not necessarily emotional. Ok I've said enough and I hope I don't sound preachy. Bottom line it is not easy being a parent. :) :)

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    14. Sarah from Calif.27 March 2013 at 21:59

      bluhare. Anon 20:52 was me I guess I forgot my name, comes with old age. Got to go watching (The Life of Pi) :)

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    15. Pauline Oak Hills28 March 2013 at 23:04

      @bluhare- Do you really believe that the Duchess would have her mother move in will her & William. I don't think so. Why would she need her, she only lives maybe a hour away from them. William is very capable of taking care of his wife after she gives birth.

      It is a very special time between husband & wife when they bring their baby home from the hospital. It is a bonding time for them and a grandma would just be in the way. And I am sure carole understands that since she has had 3 of her own.

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    16. Pauline, WIlliam would forever cement himself as an idiot in my eyes if he let Carole move in.

      Have i mentioned my thoughts abou her yet? :)

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    17. Pauline: I think that if William and Kate let Kate's mother move into KP, we could seriously label them certifiable. A new baby brings enough stress into a household without someone else there who probably thinks she's an expert and knows more. :)

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  7. Thank you so much for every post. I like all the photos and getting the inside scoop on my favorite royal couple!

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  8. Pauline Oak Hills26 March 2013 at 19:17

    Great post Ms. Charlotte. You are the best.
    I am looking forward to the chat. I am not very computer savy so I hope it is not real hard.

    I can see William staying part time in teh military so he can still serve his country and still be able to spend alot of time with his Duchess and their new baby when it is born. So this will allow them more time to take on more engagements. And let's hope these engagements are joint ones. I love seeing them together.

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  9. Robin Indiana USA
    Thanks Charlotte for all the hard work you do. I am very excited about the chat and to get to know eveyone better. It is sad for William for he loved his job but I am sure he will find a way to stay in the military he loves so much. I love the cover of Hello Kate looks like she is having a blast with the scouts! Whatever the Duchess wears she looks stunning. Can't wait to hear the details for the chat. Robin

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  10. Thank you Charlotte as always. Best Kate blogger out.

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  11. Really love your article and im really looking forward for this their next joint enagement i really love to buy that hello since im on a tour in Phillppnes with my mom and sister to spend time with my brother fiance charlootte where can i buy hello in their retail so im update all the time thanks to your blog for updating me great help

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  12. I would love to stand in line behind Kate and see what she buys at Tesco. I'm guessing it would be a bunch of healthy food.

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    1. I bet she's sneaking in a few treats now and who can blame her! Annie, UK

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  13. Diane from Boston27 March 2013 at 15:53

    I'm in for the chat! Sounds like fun.

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  14. Prince william is planning to quit raf and her team to be with his wife and the duchess is cover in people

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  15. Regarding Williams military duties, I see post after post of people saying that this man is lazy? Maybe those across the pond do not see the worth in saving lives and would rather he stop being lazy saving lives and cut ribbons. I know it is his job but I appreciate anyone who saves lives. I don't get the bad rap William gets from those who only post pics to support their story. He is human but he seems to be a good person like any person. I don't think he gets enough credit.

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    1. You see post after post about William being lazy because he doesn't appear to really put any effort into anything. He takes time of from SAR, to the point where one of his colleagues could not go to a family member's wedding. He's entitled and spoilt.

      I have no issue with him saving lives either, except no one else is mentioned. William isn't even the lead on his team. And he was so far behind on his flying hours he was in danger of losing his license to fly. Those are the issues I have with him. If I were him I'd much rather work with SAR than cut ribbons all day, but hes got to make up his mind. Plus whenever there's good press about Harry, here comes a Brave William article. You can set your watch by it.

      I used to slag Kate for not joining the officers wives club. Now I have sympathy. Who wants to join a club where half the other wives think your husband doesn't pull his weight?

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    2. Jean from Lancs.28 March 2013 at 08:07

      Well said Anonymous 02:01, flying a helicopter in the worst possible weather conditions is no sinecure for Prince William or his colleagues.
      News of people he has rescued does not appear to come from the Palace or the RAF, but from the people rescued, though there is a film this morning from SAR of a rescue (or perhaps a training for one)---I think put out as a last ditch attempt to save the service.
      I think it possible that the Prince might very well now stay until the transfer--the RAF will hardly want to spend the money training rescue teams for Bristow's commercial benefit and he might feel it his duty to stay on.

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    3. You could not have said it better. There is nothing of a duke of Windsor in Windsor and there is nothing of Mrs Wallis Simpson in Kate. When his time comes, he will make a great king even he does not choose to be one. He is no coward and will do his duty.

      Thanks for the great post Charlotte!

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    4. Kate, Texas, USA28 March 2013 at 13:31

      Anonymous 2:01, I am from across the pond and think William's service with the RAF is noble. His work puts him on the front line where he wants to be (or as close as he'll ever get bring heir) and is very dangerous and difficult. I think the aspect of serving his country, having Royal duties, and now starting a family has to be difficult. So, I hope you know it's not everyone's opinion that William is "lazy". I think he is a good person with a good heart that despite his position and wealth is trying to do a great balancing act and doing it well. :) Just wanted you to know it's not everyone's opinion.

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    5. Not so sure about there being no Duke of Windsor in William. Time will tell. I'm not saying he'll abdicate, far from it, but he certainly doesn't appear to take his advisors' advice a lot of the time. And, yes, he does have PR. He has to. He's a public ambassador for Britain.

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    6. Pauline Oak Hills28 March 2013 at 22:53

      @bluhare- Ok we we have agreed to disagree so this is one time where I really have an issue of what you said. First how do you know that one of Williams fellow airman could not attend a family wedding becuase of Willia? Second William is in charge of his crew. Did you forget that William became a captain which man him entitled to command his own crew. So now when he flys he is in charge.

      Also you said you have issues with him falling behind in his flying hours and almost lost his license. He does have royal duties he needs to fulfil and this past summer was a very busy time for him and the whole royal family. And becuase of that when his Duchess was put in the hospital for her HG he was given a special leave that all military people get when a loved one is sick. Then he was back to work in Angelesey while his wife stayed in London & close to her doctors.

      That had to be hard on them as it would be on you or me.William has been flying alot to make up his hours and that means being away from his wife. This si a veey special time for them as they await the birth of their baby.

      So now that his time is up in the RAF, all of the people who think William does not pull his weigth will hopefully be happy with whatever he decided to do. Be him becoming a full time royal or a full time royal and a part time military solider he will be doing more engagements. And bluhare this is not all directed at you.







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    7. Jean from Lancs.29 March 2013 at 10:05

      I believe some people (especially on DM blogs) believe that William is the co-pilot because he sits in the right hand seat. In the Sea King helicopters that is the Captain's seat.

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    8. Pauline: As Jean said, William is a co pilot, not a pilot. Also, he must have got some sort of dispensation to fly as he wears glasses or contact lenses. I always thought pilot vision needed to be 20/20, especially in the RAF. If he isn't flying enough hours to maintain his license he is taking too much time off, whether it be for royal duties or not. It's been widely reported the RAF is not happy with him because of all this.

      We can agree to disagree about it, but I could write diatribes about how spoilt and entitled I think William is.

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    9. Jean from Lancs.29 March 2013 at 20:46

      Bluhare
      Sorry --you misunderstood what I wrote---William is Captain of the helicopter and occupies the rt. hand seat.
      It is opposite to the seating in a fixed wing plane.
      Glasses are acceptable for helicopter pilots, but not for jet planes

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    10. No bluhare, William has since became a PILOT!

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    11. As for William abdicating because some blogs want Harry to be king? I highly doubt that will happen no matter how hard the detractors wish it to happen.

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    12. Thank you, Jean from Lancs. I stand corrected. I didn't realize you didn't have to have perfect vision to be a helicopter pilot.

      See everyone, I just learnt something?

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    13. Anonymous: Thanks so much for letting me know William is a PILOT!!! I think I could have understood had you used regular type. Unlike William, my vision is fine.

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    14. I think the lazy comes from WIlliam not putting 100% of his energy into anything, and I'm going to include his wife in that. Now I've to absolutely nothing to back that up, just a gut feeling. My gut feelings are uncannily right sometimes. I think Kate worships the ground William walks on; not at all sure he feels the same way.

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  16. Anon 2:01 I am not sure which side of the pond you are on but, let me assure you there are plenty of people on the US side that don't consider him lazy.

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    1. I'm on the US side also, I read the Daily Fail and alot of the comments say he should stop saving lives and become a full time royal cutting ribbons. They seem to know what the Prince is doing 24 hours a day and have deemed him lazy? Do people in the UK not get weekends off? or are the expected to work 7 days a week 24 hours? Is leisure time frowned upon in the UK?

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    2. Well, if you all remember during Topless Gate, William and Kate lied about where they were to avoid going to the paralympics, and if I remember correctly, William said he was working. He wasn't.

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  17. BBC News has just done a report on Prince Williams RAF career, which he participated in (part of a documentary)- they said as his tour of duty comes to and end the "next year will bring choices and changes for the Prince" and "he'll have to decide where his working career will take him next" looks like no decision as yet??! They even talked about his co-workers working for the private company and whether that's something he'd choose...

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  18. I don't consider William lazy but, as the old saying goes, a thing done half way is a thing not done well. I believe it's time for William to take on full time royal duties. It is something he uniquely can do, while his work as a rescue pilot, although admirable, is a job that can be taken on by others with less accomadation to the royal status. Perhaps a natural tme of transition would be when the American firm takes over but someone suggested this would mean a transfer.

    The Dutch royal family isn't a good analogy as the crown prince and princess worked as full time royals and didn't have other employment. Queen Beatrix was referring to abdidcation, common there but won't happen in Britain. Since Charles will be king first, it will be presumably be a long time before William has to take on the leval of responsibilities of a monarch.

    One problem is that Charles does a lot of work now but he and Camilla especially, are not at all popular. Royalty isn't meant to be a popularity contest, yet in this day and age, with rapidly changing social views, it is essential that the royal family be shown as meaningful to the young. William and Kate have a vital royal role to play here. Frankly, in the context of being a member of the royal family, this is much more important than being a rescue pilot.

    I see no reason why Kate can't continue to be a full time working royal and a mother as well. It would still leave her ample time at home. Diana did it very sucessfully and remained close to her children and less well known royals like the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Edward and Sophie had combined both roles with no apparent difficulties. A look a their list of engagements show how much more they do then William and Kate, many of their engagements highlighting dull sounding but extremely worthwhile charities who would get less support and attention without a royal visit. Not as dramatic as being a rescue pilot but very beneficial to many. Royal tours have been the main issue for royals with young children but the comparatively short tours William and Kate have undertaken shouldn't be a problem. A child would see William more often if he was a full time royal than if he was a military pilot.

    Would love to join the chat but I'm another one without an account at one of those sites, and not sure how to set one up.

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    1. How is he doing anything halfway? He has saved lives, he has fulfilled the important duties requested by the Queen, he is patron to several charities and has his own charitable foundation along with his brother. He is not a full time royal but with his time in the airforce coming to an end he and his wife are making the transition. Again I know he is'nt perfect but Diana would and should be mighty proud of both her sons.

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    2. Sarah from Calif.29 March 2013 at 22:54

      Anon 21:58
      I so agree with you.

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    3. Sarah, no I don't have a job right now, although I'm looking hard. I had to take time off to help my mom manage my dad's illness as she can't drive, so helped with appointments and just his general care. He died last year, mom is now settled and so I'm out applying for work.

      And just so you feel really sorry for me, the reason I'm up posting at 1:15am my time is because I can't sleep. We took our dog to the vet this morning because he's been limping on one of his legs. It was bone cancer, far gone enough we had to euthanize him. So here we thought we'd bring him home with a bandage and a splint and make him wear one of those cones, and now he's dead. I'm pretty upset. He was a greyhound named Aero and I guess it's not uncommon in greyounds his age. He was 8. He was very bonded to my husband, very loved, and we will miss him terribly.

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    4. Sarah from Calif.31 March 2013 at 17:39

      bluhare, I am so sorry for the loss of Aero, honestly that breaks my heart. I love dogs, it is so true they are mans best friend. I am also sorry for the loss of your father. You have a lot on your plate now so take care of yourself :)
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    5. Thank you so much, Sarah. We miss him teribly.

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  19. Jean from Lancs.28 March 2013 at 15:36

    Have seen a bit more about the TV series which includes Prince William.
    It isn't just about RAF Valley but includes Air Sea Rescue from all over the country and even in the bit I have seen he mentions his team.
    My husband served with the RAF and of one thing I am absolutely sure is that he would not be allowed to fly the helicopter if he were not proficient.

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    1. Sarah from Calif.29 March 2013 at 01:26

      I just watched one of the videos of Prince William and the men who work on the helicopter. I don't care what anyone says, yessss it is dangerous work. Oh and by the way it is work, if anyone doesn't believe William, try telling one of his crew mates that it's not work or dangerous I bet you would get a verbal lashing .
      I bet Kate cringes when he comes home and tells her what happens on rescue missions. I would.

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    2. Jean, my respects to your husband for his service with the RAF. My dad's best friend was a bombadier based in Norfolk during WWII.

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    3. Sarah from Calif.29 March 2013 at 20:53

      bluhare, out of curiosity do you have a job. I say that because you seem to be very good at researching things. If you do not you would do well with detective type work. You seem to want to get to the bottom of things, which is a great trait.


      I will add I think it would be great if we could all add where we get our information from instead of just saying (I read .......) . bluhare that last comment is for everyone.
      :)))

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    4. Sarah, I will try to post links.

      And by the way, I know we disagree about a lot, but i want to thank all of you for not throwing me under the bus. I think things are much more pleasant here, at least for me, and I really appreciate it. THank you all.

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  20. Great post Charlotte as always! I'm sure whatever plans are made will be the right ones. They won't be able to please everyone but as long as they are happy that is all that matters. I would love to join in the live chat.

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  21. happy easter sweet charlotte!

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