PRINCE WILLIAM is set to become a part-time RAF helicopter instructor so he can take on more royal duties. The British royal – who is also known as the Duke of Cambridge – currently works as a search-and-rescue pilot for the Royal Air Force but his new role could allow him to continue to serve while allowing him more flexibility for his growing royal duties.

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A senior RAF officer told the Daily Telegraph newspaper: “One serious option is for the duke to become a flying instructor. As long as his flying reports are good enough, he could train helicopter pilots. This would keep his flying time up and give him more flexibility for royal duties.”

“[The duke leaving the RAF completely] could cause a problem with officers who want to leave early. At the moment, officers have to serve a six-year tour of duty and we don’t want others to demand the same treatment.”

Prince William recently revealed he had not yet decided whether to extend his service as a search-and-rescue pilot for another year, but admitted juggling his royal demands with work was proving difficult.

He explained: “It’s a really difficult one because I really enjoy my time in the Air Force, and I’d love to continue it. But the pressures of my other life are building. And fighting them off, or balancing the two of them, has proven quite difficult.”

Recently, Prince William and his brother Harry, along with the Duchess of Cambridge, have been frequently spotted on camera attending a wide range of events at the London Olympics.