Flight-Lieutenant William Wales, as he is known in the armed forces, is second in line to the throne. HRH is presently on secondment from The Blues & Royals. His Royal Highness will decide by the end of this month whether to sign up for four more years with the RAF, in which he serves as a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot in North Wales. The role involves a strict flying rota, which would make taking on more royal duties very difficult.
“William knows that, once he becomes a full-time working royal, there is no turning back,” says one source. “That is why a switch to another of the Armed Forces is seriously being considered. It will allow him the life he loves while freeing him for more royal duties – a sort of happy compromise.”
Were Prince William to return to the Household Cavalry, in which he served with the Blues and Royals as a troop commander in an armoured reconnaissance unit in 2006, he would be based at London or Windsor.
Members of his household begin moving to his apartments at Kensington Palace later this month.