The Sun – who ignited this most recent press war with Prince William when they called him out for his laziness, and when other papers followed suit, KP responded by throwing CAA under the bus – has an exclusive today about just how many shifts William has worked so far this year: 12 shifts.
From The Sun:
“PRINCE William has worked just 12 shifts as a helicopter pilot since January 1.
“His job for East Anglia Air Ambulance has been used to explain why Wills has only managed two royal engagements so far this year. But he has only flown a helicopter for them on just a dozen of the last 50 days.
“A flying source said: ‘We all know it’s a token job for him. In the past we haven’t seen him for weeks at a time. It’s not as exciting as the RAF. There he’d run off and rescue people from the sea. Here he ferries people to hospital and sits outside for an hour. He looks bored out of his skull. He’s not overly liked and people are nervous of him. He’s hardly ever here. We didn’t see him for the whole of December.’
“An air ambulance pilot works 8.5 hour shift in a four-on, four-off rota. Kensington Palace says he averages 80 hours a month and he is currently ‘packing in the shifts’ to explain why he is not doing more Royal duties. But in nearly two months Wills, 33, has worked just over 100 hours at an average of about a day-and-a-half a week (14.5 hours a week).
“His next royal duty is watching Wales play France in the Six Nations rugby in Cardiff on Friday.
“The Sun told last week how Wills’ first royal job of the year was a disaster when a speech to diplomats left him facing accusations of breaching neutrality rules by apparently backing the EU Stay campaign.
“An air ambulance spokesman said of Wills: ‘We all feel he’s very much part of the team.'”
The “flying source”: token job, William’s bored, takes weeks off at a time. All things we’ve mentioned before. We knew going into William taking this job that it was a token one for him to use to put off royal duties, we knew he’d get bored quickly, and we’ve commented that he seems to take a lot of time off.
I’ll be honest with you, while I do think William is lazy and should be called out on it, I’m far more fascinated with the fact that the press is actually calling him out and not letting up on it. As with any past criticism of him and Kate, I thought the first Sun article would be a one-off and the whole thing would die down, but it hasn’t yet. And KP even responded. It’s fascinating to watch this all play out.
There are still a few William supporters defending him, though.
To Emily Andrews’ tweet of her article there is this response arguing that William’s air ambulance work should be counted as charity work since he’s donating his salary to charity. Um, KP hasn’t even told us which charity is actually getting the money or whether any of it has been donated, so no.
To two tweets from Phil Dampier about this Sun article, there were these tweets which are just funny to me. “Weighs” was supposed to be “works”.
This whole thing is funny to me. Not outright HAHA funny, but just… amusing.
PS. William’s new EAAA boss is a man who organized the military involvement in his and Kate’s 2011 wedding, attended the ceremony, and was made a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order shortly after: Major General Sir William Cubitt CBE. So going forward, EAAA is probably going to have even more incentive to cover for William, right? [Mirror]
PPS. Kate has a few engagements in Scotland today, which I will cover later.