Prince William Quitting Job
No word on what he'll do next
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 28, 2013 10:53 AM CDT
In this March 31, 2011 file photo, Britain's Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge and a Royal Air Force helicopter pilot, sits at the controls of a Sea King helicopter.   (AP Photo/John Stillwell/PA, File)

(Newser) – Prince William has given his notice. The future king of England formally notified the Royal Air Force that he'll be leaving his position with the Search and Rescue Force, a military source confirms to Us. "William is ready to take on new challenges—as a royal and within the armed forces," the source explains. No word on what his new challenges within the armed forces might be, but on the home front, the 30-year-old is of course expecting his first baby with wife Kate in July.

Wills' current tour of duty ends this summer. The source says he'll announce his next step "within the next month." (Us notes that the news comes on the heels of Tuesday's announcement that the search-and-rescue arm of the RAF will be privatized, and run by a Texas-based company, so it's not a big surprise that William will need to do something else.) William just recently discussed his job with the RAF for a BBC series airing next month, People reports. "There's no greater feeling than when you've actually done some good and saved someone's life," he says. "I don't think there's any greater calling in life."

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Over the Road Steve
Mar 29, 2013 12:00 PM CDT
What's with the hostility here? He served his country and now he's getting out. His term has ended. Folk leave the military in this country all the time when their terms end and no one says a thing. Usually they are thanked for their service. If the Prince had want to re-enlist, the RAF could have certainly found a use for his considerable skills.
Mar 29, 2013 11:51 AM CDT
Oh so what if he quits. In that job, he was what's called a "paper hero". He was pretending to be selfless. That's a ploy to get people to like you. Now the truth comes out. He wants to go to something where his ego of greed will allow him the chance at being one of the richest people in the world.
Mar 29, 2013 9:07 AM CDT
Of course he was not going to stay after the privatizing of the S & R. He would not be able to "work" as he has been doing. Taking off days for "royal duties" and holidaying.