Kicking off a week of official engagements in Wales, RAF Honorary Air Commodore Prince Charles stopped by RAF Rescue base to see how his son, Prince William was doing today (July 9th). Meanwhile, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall was driven to William and Catherine’s rented Anglesey farmhouse nearby to have tea with the Duchess of Cambridge, according to the Daily Mail.
While William showed Charles a RAF Sea King Rescue helicopter, the Duke’s team was called to rescue a man who had collapsed, according to royal reporter Richard Palmer. ”They’ve just decided William’s boss is going to take his place on the scramble [rescue] and he’s going to stay to show his father around,” Palmer wrote.
According to the Mirror‘s Victoria Murphy, William’s commanding officer clarified that the Duke is treated like each and every one of his co-workers, and keeping Will behind to show his father around was a non-issue concerning the rescue.
“I think everyone works very hard to make sure that William is treated very much as with any other airman,” Wing Commander Mark “Sparky” Dunlop, officer commanding of 22 Search and Rescue Squadron said. ”Obviously there are some differences with security arrangements, but William is a Royal Air Force officer – a qualified search and rescue captain doing a professional job just the same as the rest of us.
“He joined the squadron approximately two years ago and he’s studied hard and has attained his operational captaincy and therefore has met the rigorous demands of that requirement. Like all other operational captains, he should be rightly proud of that achievement.”