Prince William is set to become a journalist.

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The 25-year-old royal – who is currently training to be a pilot with the Royal Air Force (RAF) – will have work experience with a British newspaper after completing his military duties later this year.

A royal source revealed to the Guardian: “I think it would be a good idea for him to find out how the media works. It’s something I would like to see him do.”

It is believed William’s short spell in journalism will be one of several work placements he could undertake to prepare him for his full-time public duties.

The source added: “He has learned about the armed forces. Now, he has to learn about the state.”

William, who has already served with the army, is set to spend time with the Royal Navy later this year, in preparation for his role as head of the armed forces.

His royal London residence Clarence House insists no decisions have been made about the prince’s future career plans, adding William is solely focusing on his military duties. Prince Charles, who has had a terse relationship with the press, is reported to be unimpressed with his son’s proposed venture into the media.

During a press call at the Swiss ski resort of Klosters three years ago, Charles whispered to his sons Princes William and Harry that the BBC’s royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell was “a B****y awful man”- unaware his comments were being picked up on a microphone.