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[Interviewer] Can you begin by telling us why this job is important to you
and what you hope to get out of it?
Well, first of all, I'm just fantastically excited to be here today - my first day.
It's been a long time coming, it's been many exams and training to get here,
and I'm hugely excited to be joining a very professional bunch of guys and girls
doing a unique and complex job with the air ambulance.
It's a sort of follow on from where I was with the military with search and rescue,
with many of the same sorts of skills and, in essence, a similar type of job.
It just follows on from search and rescue to here, so it's a natural progression.
But equally doing a job like this is worthwhile, valuable,
and to me there's an element of duty about it.
I'm really keen to be involved with the guys and the girls, doing a complex, professional job,
and it was really important for me to be able to do that.
[Interviewer] One of the compliments paid of your grandmother is that she has a very pronounced sense of duty.
[Interviewer] Do you think you've inherited that? After all, you didn't have to come and do this?
I hope I've got that sense of duty.
She's a lot more practiced at it and she's shown it a lot more resolutely and honestly than I have.
As much as this is duty, this is an important point - or an important area - for me to be involved in.
It's continuing on my training and my career in the aviation world
and for me it's also really important to be grounded.
I feel doing a job like this really helps with grounding the core of what I'm trying to become.
[Interviewer] What is that? What are you trying to become?
It's a very good question! [Laughter]
I think just trying to be a good guy, just trying to what you can,
and trying to be a decent individual, thoughtful - all those sorts of things -
qualities in people that you would want to be associated with.
[Interviewer] You've done your training. Are you mentally prepared for some of the things that you'll have to face?
[Interviewer] Those difficult and traumatic things that you'll come across in this job?
Nothing ever prepares you that well for what you're going to see and some of the incidences.
But having done search and rescue before, I've seen a lot of that already
and when you're working with a team, you help each other out and talk about it
and you get through it that way. So it's very important to talk about it.
[Interviewer] Given your destiny, given your birth right, are you slightly envious of your new colleagues
[Interviewer] who can make a career of this job, whereas you know you can only do it for a couple of years?
Well, there's nothing to say I couldn't do it for the rest of my life!
I might be able to, I can still balance the two.
Obviously, at some point there's probably going to be a lot more pressure and responsibility
from the other side of my life.
At the moment I'm juggling the two of them with a young family,
and I'm enjoying it and I like the challenge.
But, yes, inevitably down the line things will probably become a little bit more difficult for me.
But while I'm still relatively young, I can manage the two jobs as best I can.
[Interviewer] What do you say to those people who say it's all very well for you to be doing this
[Interviewer] good and valuable and fulfilling role personally,
[Interviewer] but what you're actually doing is just delaying the inevitable and putting
[Interviewer] off the moment when you should commit to a more full-time royal role?
Well, I think the term 'full-time royal role' is banded about quite a lot and no one actually
knows what it means.
I think I can still manage to do my commitments and my responsibilities as well as I can.
The Queen is still very active and is still showing incredible leadership.
My father is doing many, many engagements, as are the rest of the family.
There's a lot being done by the Royal Family around the country
and I hope to still be a part of that and do as much as I can
but equally do something I think is incredibly important and that will put me in good stead
for the future.
[Interviewer] In the Spring, you said that having a second child would be a game changer.
[Interviewer] How has that game changed since you brought Charlotte home?
It's been obviously fantastic and she's been a little joy of heaven.
At the same time, it's more responsibility looking after two little ones,
especially when George is around as he's a little monkey!
It's fantastic having a lovely little family and I'm so thrilled
and Catherine's been doing an amazing job as a mother and I'm very proud of her.
[Interviewer] Difficult to leave them every morning now?
No more difficult than everyone else has to do.
[Interviewer] And you have a boy and a girl, it's a nice balance.
[Interviewer] Does that make the decision about perhaps having a third child more difficult?
[Laughter] We've only just had the second one!
You never know what's going to happen in the future.
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