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Prince William Admits the ‘Burden’ He Hid From Kate Middleton in the Beginning of Their Marriage

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Prince William has opened up about the experiences he didn’t want to bring home to Kate Middleton during his time as a search and rescue pilot. During the early years of their marriage, William worked for the  Royal Air Force (RAF) Search and Rescue and the East Anglia Air Ambulance.

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He gave up the job in July 2017, dedicating himself to royal duties full-time, but confessed recently that he still thinks about his time with the air ambulance often.

“I remember the pressure of attending calls in the most stressful conditions, sometimes with tragic conclusions,” he told the crowd at The Royal Foundation’s Emergency Services Mental Health Symposium.”I remember the sense of solidarity with my team, pulling together to do the best we could and sharing the weight of responsibility.”

The future king then revealed how the role weighed on his relationship with Kate, as he never wanted to burden her with the things he had seen and experienced. “I also remember returning home with the stresses and strains of the day weighing on my mind, and wanting to avoid burdening my family with what I had seen,” William said.

Having gone through those experiences himself, he voiced his praise and admiration for frontline workers during the Covid-19 pandemic during the symposium. The event was also attended by 200 leaders across emergency services including fire, ambulance, police, and search and rescue.

William stressed how important it is that people in these fields get the support they need. “Mental health is, and will remain, a firm priority for the UK’s emergency services,” he said. He then announced the landmark Blue Light Together initiative, which will provide specialist support to emergency responders and their families.

Explaining that it will implement a uniform set of standards when it comes to mental health support in the emergency services, William called the initiative a “crucial step.”

“This is a crucial step in ensuring that the staff and volunteers who work so tirelessly for our nation can be properly protected,” he added. This isn’t the first time the future king has spoken candidly about how working as a search and rescue pilot impacted him and wife Kate. At the start of 2021, the royal couple appeared in a video talking about bereavement — a subject that William has been refreshingly honest about when it comes to his own experiences.

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“Something that I noticed from my brief spell flying the air ambulance with the team is, when you see so much death and so much bereavement, it does impact how you see the world,” he said. “It impacts your own life and your own family life because it is always there.”

William gave up his work with the air ambulance in 2017 to transition into full-time royal work, but has continued to voice his support for the incredible work the service does.

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