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Prince William Worries About Frontline Staff, Recalls Traumatizing Time As Rescue Pilot

Prince William as a rescue pilot

The coronavirus crisis is hitting us all hard - especially those who are on the front lines fighting against it head-on. It is not uncommon for hospital employees to experience psychological problems and stress. Prince William also has experience with this, who now himself has expressed his difficult time as a rescue pilot.

From 2015 to 2017, Prince William worked as a rescue pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. He was the first to be on the scene in a series of serious car accidents and fires. He saved the seriously injured and witnessed suffering and death. Of course, this time did not leave the British heir apparent without some effects. What he saw every day weighed heavily on him and had an impact on his family life.  

Now, the Duke of Cambridge speaks openly about this difficult time and would like to urge British coronavirus aid workers who are on the front lines to fight the virus to do the same. At the side of his wife Kate, he revealed during a video call in mid-January that the work as a rescue pilot was hard on him at the time and traumatized him for weeks.

Prince William: Worried About Frontline Staff

He saw many people die and the world was a "slightly depressed, darker, blacker place." It was the same for many workers during the coronavirus crisis, as William explained in the conversation. "I think you said about thinking everyone around you is going to die, that is what really worries me about the front line staff at the moment. That you are so under the cosh at the moment and so pressurised and you’re seeing such high levels of sadness, trauma, death, that it impacts your own life and your own family life because it is always there," he said. 

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Prince William and Kate are committed to mental health 

The mental health of his country is a cause close to the heart of the royal couple. With their organization "Heads Together", the two fight in collaboration with Prince Harry and his wife Duchess Meghan against the stigma surrounding mental illness and encourage people to speak openly about their problems. 

The foundation was launched in 2016 while William was still a pilot. As part of this organization, he often spoke about his time in the rescue helicopter, which was a difficult time for him.