‘Stubborn’ Prince William’s career path away from official duties ‘raised eyebrows’ at the Palace

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Prince William has been second in the line of succession to the British throne since he was born.

However, the future King of England was determined to have a career of his own before dedicating his life to the throne, it has been reported.

An insider has claimed that William’s chosen path “raised some eyebrows” among certain members of staff, with some reportedly believing he wasn’t a good fit for future king.

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Prince William focused on his military career on flying and trained as a Search and Rescue pilot in 2009.

He also built on his training and, once he’d left the military, he became an Air Ambulance pilot and worked for East Anglian Air Ambulance.

And it appears Prince William’s career around this time didn’t please everyone, with a source telling the Times: “There were lots of raised eyebrows in the Palace when he wanted to do that.

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"While the Queen and his father backed him, some senior courtiers questioned whether it was becoming of a future king to be doing such a middle-class role, hanging out with ordinary people.

"They thought he wouldn't stick it out, he'd find it boring, or was doing it out of stubbornness to put off royal duties.

"He was pretty bloody-minded about it and determined that other people's expectations in the media or they system shouldn't get in the way of his own values."

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However, clearly enjoying his role as an Air Ambulance Pilot, William once said: “It has been a huge privilege to fly with the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

"I have loved being part of a team of professional, talented people that save lives every day.

"My admiration for our country's medical and emergency services community could not be any stronger."

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Prince William’s brother Prince Harry chose to step down from royal duties and moved to Los Angeles with Meghan Markle and their son Archie.

And the brothers have been rumoured to have had a strained relationship recently, more so after the bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview between Meghan and Harry.

This has led to reports that Harry may not join William when it comes to unveiling a statue of their late mother Princess Diana.

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What would have been Princess Diana’s 60th birthday is just a few short months away, and plans are well underway to mark the occasion with a new statue at Kensington Palace, her former home.

But with so much upheaval and bad feeling between her sons Harry and William, Diana’s biographer Andrew Morton exclusively tells OK! that the original plans could now be thrown up in the air.

“This is going to be one of the most publicised unveiling of a statue since Churchill’s statue in Parliament Square. Everyone will be watching and commenting. Harry might not go because Meghan is due her baby around that time – he could be changing diapers,” Andrew, author of Diana: Her True Story, says.

Jointly commissioned by the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex and created by Ian Rank-Broadley, the statue will be placed in the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace to mark 24 years since Diana’s death and “recognise her positive impact”.

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