Prince William to the Rescue!

Ladies warned not to call in bogus emergencies

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 17, 2010 3:59 PM CDT

(Newser) – Prince William can’t actually go to war like his younger brother Harry, so the future king is doing the next best thing: He’s joined the Royal Air Force’s search and rescue program, where he’ll pilot a Sea King rescue helicopter. “This is a very exciting, dramatic job, and at times, it’s going to be quite dangerous,” a William biographer tells CBS. “So this job goes some way, I suppose, to compensate for the fact that he’s not going to be a frontline soldier.”

The British royals traditionally serve in the military, but the prince in line for the throne can’t be deployed. William will be based in Wales, where he lives with his girlfriend. And training the royal pilot hasn’t been cheap; William’s helicopter instruction has cost taxpayers $1.5 million.

This image of Sept. 3, 2010 released by the British Ministry of Defense on Friday Sept. 17, 2010 shows Prince William at the controls of his Sea King helicopter in Bangor, Wales.
This image of Sept. 3, 2010 released by the British Ministry of Defense on Friday Sept. 17, 2010 shows Prince William at the controls of his Sea King helicopter in Bangor, Wales.   (AP Photo/Flight Sergeant Andy Carnall/MOD/Crown Copyright)
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