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Prince William admitted he was feeling the nerves ahead of first shift with East Anglian Air Ambulance today

PUBLISHED: 16:11 13 July 2015 | UPDATED: 18:48 13 July 2015

The Duke of Cambridge has started working for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The Duke of Cambridge has started working for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

First day nerves can affect anyone – including, it seems, the Duke of Cambridge.

The Duke of Cambridge has started working for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA WireThe Duke of Cambridge has started working for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

His Royal Highness Prince William spoke about his nerves ahead of his first shift in his new role with the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA).

The Prince clocked on at Cambridge Airport, where the air ambulance is based, at 7am for his turn as a pilot with the charity, which operates in Suffolk as well as Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Bedfordshire.

And it was not long before he was deployed on his first mission at 9.20am.

After he and his crew-mates checked over the H145 helicopter he will fly, he told reporters of his excitement at the new role.

He said: “It’s my first day and I’m feeling the nerves.

“We’re starting off on a wet Cambridge day, but I’m really looking forward to getting started.

“It’s been a lot of effort and patience in training but we’re here now and I’m looking forward to doing the job.”

Today he worked alongside pilot Captain Dave Kelly, Dr Gemma Mullen and paramedic Tim Daniels.

The Duke of Cambridge will work a nine-and-a-half hour shift today as part of a four days on, four off rota.

To allow for royal duties, he will complete about two-thirds of the normal shift pattern but he is expected to work a full rota in the early months of the role to allow him to settle in.

“While I’m still relatively young, I will manage the two jobs the best I can.”

He said there was in theory no reason why he could not carry on doing the air ambulance job indefinitely.

“There’s nothing to say I couldn’t do it for the rest of my life,” he said.

“I might be able to, and still balance the two. Inevitably down the line, things will probably become a little bit more difficult for me to do that.

“The term ‘full-time royal role’ is bandied around quite a lot, and no-one actually really knows what that means, but I think I can still manage to do my commitments and my responsibilities as well as I can.

“The Queen is still very active and is still showing incredible leadership. My father is doing many, many engagements, as are the rest of the family, and so there’s a lot being done by the Royal Family around the country.

“I hope to still be a part of that, and do as much as I can, but equally do something which I think is incredibly important and (will) prove me in good stead for the future.”

Asked if he was prepared for the traumatic sights he will encounter, he said: “Nothing ever prepares you that well for what you are going to see.”

Asked about the birth of Charlotte, he said: “It’s been fantastic, she’s been a little joy from heaven.

“At the same time there is a lot of responsibility especially when George is around – he’s been a little monkey.

“It’s no more difficult than what everyone else has to do.”

The prince side-stepped questions about whether or not he and the Duchess of Cambridge would have further children.

He said: “It is fantastic having a lovely little family and I am so thrilled. And Catherine has been doing an amazing job as a mother and I’m very proud of her. We’ve only just had the second one. You never know what is going to happen in the future.”

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