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Prince William opens up about his harrowing work as pilot

By David Wilcock

Published 26/08/2016

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to YoungMinds in London
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to YoungMinds in London
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to YoungMinds in London
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The Duke of Cambridge has offered a personal glimpse of the emotionally difficult impact of his work as an air ambulance pilot.

William opened up about the effect that trying to save lives as a helicopter captain has had on him during a visit to the YoungMinds youth mental health charity.

The royal couple were about to listen in as volunteers answered real helpline calls from concerned parents when the prince requested "an easy one".

He then explained: "I'm carrying a lot of things at the moment. I'll be in floods of tears at the end otherwise. I've had too many sad families with the air ambulance, so I can't have any more stuff."

William has been a part-time helicopter pilot with the East Anglian Air Ambulance since July 2015, having previously served with RAF search and rescue.

Operations he has worked on in that time have reportedly included several involving children and others where the people involved subsequently died.

The visit to YoungMinds in Southwark was part of the Heads Together campaign launched by the Cambridges and Prince Harry, which brings together charities to help youngsters with mental health problems.

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