Prince William Heading Back to Royal Air Force After Paternity Leave
Duty calls! Two weeks after the July 22 birth of Prince William and Kate Middleton's first child, Prince George, the Duke of Cambridge's paternity leave has come to an end. The new dad, 31, is set to return to work this week in Anglesey, Wales, where he is a Search and Rescue pilot for the Royal Air Force.
The Duke's paternity leave technically ends on Monday, Aug. 5, but a source tells Us Weekly that he's not on shift until Wednesday, Aug. 7, and will likely remain in Bucklebury until Tuesday evening. He and his wife have been staying there with the Duchess' parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, since Wednesday, July 24 -- two days after Prince George's birth.
"This is now private and quiet time for them to get to know their son," a palace rep told Us following the trio's arrival in Bucklebury. A source added that the new parents were "doing well" and "enjoying bonding time with George and being around family."
Prince William will be stationed in Anglesey through this summer, but he's hoping to be closer to his wife and son once his current Search and Rescue tour ends. As Us Weekly exclusively reported back in March, the Duke is looking to make a change in his RAF duties.
"William is ready to take on new challenges -- as a royal and within the armed forces," a military source explained to Us, noting that the Duke had submitted his formal notice with the Search and Rescue Force. (Officially, William's press officer told Us: "The decision as to what the Duke will do once his current tour with the Search and Rescue Force comes to an end in late summer is still with the Duke himself.")
The Duchess, 31, has not been spotted out and about since she and Prince William arrived in Bucklebury nearly two weeks ago, but her husband made an official appearance at the Audi Polo Challenge in Cotworth Park, Berkshire, on Saturday, Aug. 3. He and his younger brother, Prince Harry, 28, played in the match benefiting two charities, SkillForce and The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, of which the Duke of Cambridge is Patron and President, respectively.
After the match, the Prince joked that he was off his game because of his son. "I was in baby mode out there, thinking about nappies," he quipped. "I wasn't really in the zone."
Of Prince George, he added, "He likes to move around a lot. He wriggles a lot, he keeps us on our toes."