Even though we know that Prince William is totally going to quit the RAF at some point this year (probably right around the birth of his child), we still have to play along while William’s press office dithers around. God, I wish I worked in William and Kate’s press office. I know I wouldn’t last very long there, and I would probably be fired for yanking on Kate’s weave, but seriously – I could do a much better job with their press and I wouldn’t be afraid of speaking truth to power. I think William sees himself as some kind of media genius who can successfully manipulate the press to his every whim. But what is increasingly coming across is that William is a nit-picking narcissist who expects special treatment for everything. Just take this week’s People Magazine cover story:
Prince William may not let his six-months-pregnant wife, Kate, win at ping-pong – “Ahem, I think that was 6-2,” he teased after beating her in an impromptu match at a Scotland youth center April 4 – but he is getting ready to make bigger concessions to his family-in-the-making.
A source close to William tells PEOPLE the prince will soon announce he’s leaving the RAF Valley – a search-and-rescue helicopter unit based in Anglesey, Wales. His work there kept him away from Kate, and the cozy farmhouse they shared with dog Lupo, for as many as 10 24-hour shifts each month.
William has said he loves his work with the RAF, but he loves his wife and baby-to-be even more.
“He’s ready for the next step,” says the source. The couple’s baby joy has brought them even closer, say those who know them. “They’ve always been close but it’s been much more pronounced since she has become pregnant,” says royals author Judy Wade.
I feel like William is trying to maximize his goodwill by playing his RAF exit as a choice for “modern parenting” – like he’s choosing his baby over his career. When really he had exhausted the RAF with his vacations and royal duties and he and Kate found every excuse they could to be away from Wales, and there are many questions as to whether William even fulfilled his most basic RAF duties.
So, how would I do this if I was working in their press office? First, I would stop drawing this out. William should have announced his intentions MONTHS ago. He should have been the one announcing it too, by making a speech in which he spoke about his military service, about veterans and his role as the future head of state. He should be framing his RAF service as part of his larger education for his future role as king, because the impression William has left to many people is that the RAF was a part-time gig he did to avoid working as a full-time royal, that the RAF was just what he did because everything else was so awful.
Meanwhile, The Mail has a lengthy story on how William will become the new patron to The Duke of Edinburgh’s favorite charity, Fields of Trust. You can read about it here – it’s basically a trust to protect the national playing fields. Prince Phillip has always been keen on athletics and getting kids to play games and such. William will be taking over as president of the trust at the end of the year when Phillip retires. And don’t think I’m leaving out Kate! She will become “godmother” to a new cruise ship, the Royal Princess, on June 13. The Mail says that it will probably be her last public appearance before her “maternity leave” begins. HAHAHA. You know her maternity leave is going to last a long time, right?
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