Le Sigh. On Thursday, August 7, the Palace officially announced (although the press announced this months ago via “sources”) that Prince William will be taking a full time job as a pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. I didn’t cover it until now because, well, I was still processing. I’m not sure how I feel about this. Part of me wants to scream and yell, but part of me just wants to hang my head and stop following Will and Kate Middleton altogether. If they’re not going to give a sh-t about their royal duties, then why should I, you know? But I’ve noticed something weird with some people’s reaction to this news… they like his decision. What the what? Like, they’re seriously making excuses for his d-cking around. How is that even possible? This post is about Will’s new job and how dumb it is, but also about the excuses people are making for it, because they are in denial about the real reason he took this new job (hint: he’s a selfish brat).
Let’s start with the facts. William is taking a new job with the East Anglian Air Ambulance. He starts in September with new training, which is expected to take about six months. In Spring 2015, William will begin as an actual pilot with the company. He will be based at Cambridge and Norwich Airports and will fly both day (7am-4:30pm) and night shifts (4:30pm-1am), with a schedule of 4 days on/3 days off. He will start as a co-pilot but will transition to pilot after a period of training. This new job comes with a mandatory minimum two year contract. William will officially be employed by Bond Air Services–as EAAA is a charity–and be paid about £40,000/year. William will donate his entire salary to an undisclosed charity.
Getting into lesser concrete facts, a spokesman said: “This new job will be the Duke’s primary occupation, although his roster will take into account the duties and responsibilities he will continue to undertake on behalf of The Queen, both in the UK and overseas. This will include a foreign tour next year. The Duke will also continue his work with his patronages and with the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. And the Duke has made clear that although he will be signing up for the mandatory two year contract, he hopes that the role will continue for longer than that.”
So… William will not be doing many public appearances, maybe he’ll keep up the current number he’s doing, but probably not. Re the overseas tour for next year, yeah because every pilot gets an extended leave like that with no consequences to their position. It’s not like William will get special treatment or anything. I have to question how much time William devotes to his charities/patronages. I doubt William does much. Maybe he attends a meeting here or there, maybe he’s briefed by his assistants and whatnot, but I highly doubt William is checking in with the offices or overseeing anything when it comes to his charities/patronages. Since he probably doesn’t do much anyway, his new full time job won’t interfere in anything. So they get to say it won’t interfere, but in reality he’s not that involved anyway. Yeah, and obviously William wants this job to last a whole heck of a lot longer than two years. He’d delay doing full time royal duties forever if he could.
Now moving on to the Kensington Palace issue. They spent £4.5 million renovating KP, and the excuse the spokesman gave at the time was that KP would be the Cambridge’s “main and primary” residence for many years to come. Except that with the new job being in Norfolk, Will and Kate are going to be moving full time to Anmer Hall. So what was the point of the £4.5 million renovation if they aren’t even going to be living there for the next two years?
The spokesman had to do some damage control, he said: “Nothing has changed. Kensington Palace will continue to be their primary and long term official residence. The Duke expects to do a fair bit of commuting.”
Hm… let’s talk about that commuting line. It is an hour’s drive from Cambridge airport (where William will be working) to Anmer Hall. An hour’s drive is a damn long commute. I have a friend who is currently doing an hour’s commute each way to his work–he f-cking hates it because it’s such a damn long commute. Notice how I use the word commute to refer to my friend’s drive to work. Yeah, THAT’S that commute that spokesman is talking about. William will be commuting an hour each way to get to his work from Anmer Hall. It’s not like William will be commuting from KP each day. I call BS on that spokesman claim.
Here’s another thing about the spokesman and the KP thing. The spokesman claims KP will be the long-term official residence of Will and Kate. Yeah, it will be. It will be the OFFICIAL residence… but not necessarily the one they will stay at most days.
Now on to the reception of this news. There were a lot more positive reactions than I was expecting. Some newspapers and reporters are still questioning the decision, but some seem to think it’s a great idea. And there were a number of excuses people threw out to defend Will’s decision to take the new job.
—Will is taking royal duties to a whole new level, donating his time to help others, not just visiting hospitals and putting his name on letterhead. — Sure, okay. Or he’s just doing a job. There are tons of others who work in similar professions, but they aren’t touted as some great person giving to charity, they’re just doing their jobs. Hell, the other pilots William will be working with aren’t being touted as “donating their time to charity” even though they work for the same charity as William (EAAA), they’re just doing their jobs. Also, if one wanted to use this excuse, then why wasn’t William’s job in the RAF considered “taking royal duties to a whole new level”? It’s a similar job–flying helicopters to rescue people who need help. Is it because one is the military and one isn’t? Is it because he’s donating his salary with this one? If the salary donation is the only reason, then well played Palace PR. Also, and most importantly, we must take into account William’s intention. I’m sorry, I fail to see how William taking a job that affords him all sort of “privacy” so that he can evade public duties is “taking royal duties to a whole new level” and “donating his time to charity”. William isn’t donating his time to charity, he’s taking a job because it’s fun for him (he loves flying) and he gets to evade public duties for at least two more years. This job is not about the people, it’s about William. And that’s not charity.
—Nothing is more noble than saving lives. — I can’t argue with this point, but I can say that if William wanted to dedicate his life to helping others in this way, then he should step aside and let Harry take his position in line. If William wanted a normal life, he could have one; he has free will, no one is forcing him to stay a royal. Yes, there are certainly family pressures–the Queen hates the idea of abdication and any member of her family stepping aside would cause her pain–but if William had the balls to leave, he could. The problem is, is that William doesn’t really want to live a normal life, at least not like you or I. He wants the “normal” life his friends have… you know, his privileged friends who never have to actually work for a living because they’re parents are rich, so they just get to party and vacation all the time, any work they do do is just for fun, and they don’t get photographed and certainly have no responsibility to the public. I’m coming to the conclusion that William has no balls. He may think he’s tough and in control and whatnot, but in reality he doesn’t have the gumption to really make a tough decision. He’s still a spoiled little brat throwing tantrums and running from his problems. If William really wanted to take control of his life, then he would make a firm decision and hold to it, even if it upset his family and even if it were hard. William is like Justin Bieber: he thinks he’s tough, but in reality he’s just a tantrum-y little baby.
—Donating his salary to charity is doubly admirable. — It would take William working and donating his yearly salary for 113 years to pay off the £4.5 million KP renovations. And that’s just the one house they won’t even be using now. That doesn’t include his police protection, and every other part of his life that is paid for by the taxpayer. Like I said above, well played Palace PR, because now all people are focusing on is the 40K William will be donating, instead of the millions he costs the taxpayer. It’s hilarious and sad that people think because someone donates a few thousand a year they’re hugely charitable, when they’re living in palaces and having 100,000 yearly clothes budgets and taking expensive vacations and costing millions to protect. For the record, I feel the same way about celebs. People think celebs are hugely charitable because they donate a million here or a million there, but then they make 20 million a year and live in huge houses (usually have multiple houses) and drive expensive cars and have expensive wardrobes. They’re not really that charitable.
—He will have plenty of years for full time royal duties, let him enjoy his time now doing something he loves. — The problem is, is that the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are 88 and 93, respectively, and are slowing down and William, Kate and Harry will need to step up their roles to compensate. And for William, it’s especially important that he learns how to be a full time royal. He is second in line and will need to understand his future role. Everyone is talking like they expect the Queen and Charles to live another twenty years, which is entirely possible (the Queen Mum was, what, 102 at the time of her death), but what if the Queen or Charles died next year, William would be completely unprepared. I think it’s stupid that he takes his role, and his future roles, so lightly. Also, look at Charles for an example of someone who took a seemingly boring king-in-waiting role and turned it into something he enjoyed. Charles took what he was passionate about and made that his focus, forming charities around his passions so he could preform his duties and still enjoy his life. William could do that if he wanted, if he wasn’t so focused on running away from his role.
—Will is reinventing the modern monarchy/role of the modern prince. — LOL. That’s a similar line to “he’s doing it his way”. That’s not necessarily a good thing. Because it’s not a decision based on any sort of reason, but rather based solely on William’s ego and the idea that he knows best and no one can change his mind. He’s so focused on having his own opinions of his life and not letting anyone change them that he doesn’t realize that there are people who know better then he does what it takes to keep the monarchy–and his cushy existence–going. He’s like one of those Hollywood celebs thinking they know better than their PR person. When a celeb thinks they know better than the professionals, sh-t goes crazy and they end up having a major crisis and having to call a crisis manager to deal with their mess. It’s fine if William changes things up a bit, the monarchy is evolving and will need to evolve to survive, but he should really take into consideration the guidance and opinions of the professionals who know how things work. Make informed decisions based on logic and reason, rather than decisions based on his emotions without taking any advice whatsoever.
—The more real work he gets, the more in touch he becomes, the more respected and supported he becomes. — HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, that’s cute that they think William will ever be “in touch” with anyone who is far below him in economic class. And as far as being respected and supported, well I for one do not respect anyone who runs away from their problems. And that’s what William is doing, running away from being a full time royal.
Here’s the thing, William is selfish. He’s taking this new job because he loves flying, and he doesn’t want to do royal duties. This new job is simply to get out of doing royal duties. William is a selfish narcissist who thinks he should always get his way and that he knows better than everyone else. That is why he is taking this new job. It’s not because he’s “taking royal duties to a whole new level”, it’s not because he’s “donating his time to charity”, it’s not because he wants to get “in touch” with the people, and it’s not because he’s “reinventing the modern monarchy”. He’s doing it because he wants to. It’s all about him. That is the ONLY reason William does anything willingly. It sickens me that people are making excuses for him when it’s pretty clear that the only person he really cares about is himself. Stop making excuses for this tantrum-y baby.
I didn’t talk about Kate in this piece. If you think she’s going to be stepping up her duties, think again. There will be no increase from Kate in the royal duties department. A source said: “The duchess will continue to concentrate on the charities she represents, as well as the duties she undertakes on behalf of the Queen. But she also wants to focus on being a mother.”
Much like William, I highly doubt Kate really does much in terms of her charities. A meeting here or there, maybe some briefings. She only visits them publicly one or twice a year.
Of course there are people continuing to make excuses for Kate not working. But those excuses are ones that have been floating around since she got pregnant. I could go into a rebuttal, but we’ve already gone over those points so much, so I won’t.