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Prince William wants to RETURN to the NHS as an air ambulance pilot to do his bit in the fight against coronavirus

Prince William wants to RETURN to the NHS as an air ambulance pilot to do his bit in the fight against coronavirus
  • Prince William, who flew as a medic with East Anglian Air Ambulance until 2017, has suggested he misses it
  • The 37-year-old made the confession on visit to NHS call centre in Croydon, south London, earlier this month
  • A source said Duke of Cambridge wants to help in the Covid-19 pandemic as it continues to rip across Britain
  • The Prince is seeing out the coronavirus crisis at Anmer Hall in Norfolk with his wife Kate and their children
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Prince William wants to return to the NHS as an air ambulance pilot to do his bit in the fight against the deadly coronavirus as it continues to rip across Britain.
The Duke of Cambridge, who flew as a medic for two years with the East Anglian Air Ambulance until 2017, has suggested he misses it.
The 37-year-old Royal is understood to have made the confession during a visit to a NHS call centre in Croydon, south London, earlier this month.
The Duke of Cambridge, who flew as a medic for two years with the East Anglian Air Ambulance until 2017, has suggested he misses it
The Duke of Cambridge, who flew as a medic for two years with the East Anglian Air Ambulance until 2017, has suggested he misses it
The 37-year-old Royal (pictured with the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in Cambridge in July) is understood to have made the confession during a visit to an NHS call centre in Croydon, south London, earlier this month
The 37-year-old Royal (pictured with the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in Cambridge in July) is understood to have made the confession during a visit to an NHS call centre in Croydon, south London, earlier this month
Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, are pictured talking with Chief Executive of the London Ambulance Service, Garrett Emmerson during a visit to the London Ambulance Service 111 control room in Croydon on March 19
Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, are pictured talking with Chief Executive of the London Ambulance Service, Garrett Emmerson during a visit to the London Ambulance Service 111 control room in Croydon on March 19
The Prince is seeing out the coronavirus crisis at Anmer Hall in Norfolk with his wife Kate, 38, and children George, Charlotte and Louis (pictured together clapping for the NHS on Thursday)
The Prince is seeing out the coronavirus crisis at Anmer Hall in Norfolk with his wife Kate, 38, and children George, Charlotte and Louis (pictured together clapping for the NHS on Thursday)
A source told the Sun: '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.
'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.'
It comes as:
  • The UK death toll increased by 180 in a day to 1,408, a decrease on recent days;
  • Ministers are embroiled in a furious row over coronavirus testing as it emerged one in four NHS doctors is off sick;
  • A British doctor revealed that a vaccine for the disease could be available by January;
  • The Government's scientific adviser said social distancing measures were having a big effect on possible transmission
  • The World Health Organisation warned that the virus could surge again once lockdowns were lifted;
  • Healthcare workers warned they were still unable to order protective equipment, despite promises from ministers;
  • Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab promised to fly tens of thousands of stranded Britons home following an arrangement with airlines;
  • No 10 adviser Dominic Cummings revealed he was self-isolating after developing symptoms;
  • One of the country's former top judges said Britain risked becoming a 'police state' if forces continue to abuse their powers;
  • A study claimed that people can still be infectious with coronavirus as long as eight days after their symptoms end;
  • The Prince of Wales, who tested positive for coronavirus last week, is out of self-isolation;
  • The number of global cases passed 750,000.
Prince William is seeing out the public health crisis at Anmer Hall in Norfolk with his wife Kate, 38, and children George, six, Charlotte, four, and Louis, one.
His father Prince Charles, 71, was on Monday let out of self-isolation a week after being diagnosed with the coronavirus.
The Queen, 93, and Duke of Edinburgh, 98, are in 'good health' and staying away from public life as they keep to themselves in Windsor Castle.
Meanwhile Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan Markle, 38, have shunned the Family during the crisis and are living in Los Angeles after scurrying across the border from Vancouver Island, Canada, before it shut.
Prince William, 37, earlier this month become the patron of the London Air Ambulance Charity after he was the patron of their 30th anniversary campaign in 2019 (pictured at the Royal London Hospital on January 9, 2019)
Prince William, 37, earlier this month become the patron of the London Air Ambulance Charity after he was the patron of their 30th anniversary campaign in 2019 (pictured at the Royal London Hospital on January 9, 2019)
Prince William is pictured arriving on the Royal London Hospital rooftop aboard a London Air Ambulance helicopter, in London in January last year
Prince William is pictured arriving on the Royal London Hospital rooftop aboard a London Air Ambulance helicopter, in London in January last year
The Duke of Cambridge (pictured with Kate earlier this month) worked as a pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance for 18 months between 2015 and 2017, before stepping down to take on more Royal roles on behalf of the Queen
The Duke of Cambridge (pictured with Kate earlier this month) worked as a pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance for 18 months between 2015 and 2017, before stepping down to take on more Royal roles on behalf of the Queen
Prince William worked as a pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance for 18 months between 2015 and 2017, before stepping down to take on more Royal roles on behalf of the Queen.
This could be the problem for the Prince as his jam-packed schedule may make it hard for him to take on further responsibilities.
But the source claimed that if the senior Royal was to reprise his role, he is currently in the right place to do it in Norfolk.
Earlier this month, William became the patron of the London Air Ambulance Charity, which was established in 1989, and provides rapid emergency care in the capital.
As patron, the Duke of Cambridge is set to champion the important work carried out by the group across the capital.
A statement from Kensington Palace, the Prince's official residence, read: 'His Royal Highness has seen first-hand the impact these first responders have upon the lives of patients with critical injuries.
Last year, the father-of-three was patron of London Air Ambulance's 30th anniversary campaign for the duration of 2019. 
William attended the charity's gala in November 2019, were he seemed in great spirits (pictured)
William attended the charity's gala in November 2019, were he seemed in great spirits (pictured) 
William worked as a pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance service for eighteen months between 2015 and 2017 (pictured)
William worked as a pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance service for eighteen months between 2015 and 2017
In January 2019, he visited the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, where he met with clinicians, paramedics, pilots and crew members and piloted the helicopter the London Air Ambulance kept there on stand-by.
In November of the same year, he attended the charity's gala and was hailed 'one of their own' by the staff in attendance.
Jonathan Jenkins, the CEO of London's Air Ambulance Charity, said: 'We are honoured that The Duke of Cambridge has chosen to become Patron of London's Air Ambulance charity after getting to know us last year. The Duke truly understands our work and knows that every second counts in an emergency.'
He added: 'We know that with his help as well as the continued support of the public, our crews can reach those who need them most – serving the people of London 24 hours a day, every day of the year.'
William took up the position as pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance service in July 2015, and worked there until his last shift in 2017.
He left the role to spend more time in London when his children started school at Thomas's, Battersea, and take on more royal duties to support the Queen.
In a statement at the time, issued on his behalf by Kensington Palace, he said it was a 'privilege' to fly with the organisation. 
William is seen in this picture released on Saturday by a marble fireplace as the family retreated to their 10-bedroom country home in Norfolk
William is seen in this picture released on Saturday by a marble fireplace as the family retreated to their 10-bedroom country home in Norfolk
Kate, who is sheltering with the rest of the Cambridges in Norfolk during the coronavirus outbreak, is pictures at Kensington Palaces in photographs released earlier this month
Kate, who is sheltering with the rest of the Cambridges in Norfolk during the coronavirus outbreak, is pictures at Kensington Palaces in photographs released earlier this month 
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have already weighed in to help Britons who have been affected by the coronavirus.
On Saturday they revealed they were launching a £5million scheme with the charity Mind to support the nation's mental health at a time of high anxiety during the lockdown.
They urged people to follow guidance from Public Health England by using video calls to keep in touch with family and friends, sticking to regular routines and focusing on their favourite hobbies or trying to learn something new.
The Cambridges' intervention is part of a Government initiative that will see £5million awarded to mental health charities to expand support services.
They wrote: 'Self-isolation and social distancing can pose huge challenges to our mental health — in recent weeks The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been in regular contact with organisations and patronages to understand the issues they are facing during this difficult time.'
Mind is one of a consortium of charities preparing to adapt and increase their services during the lockdown.  


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