How Prince William’s Job Affected His Mental Health

Everybody know Prince William’s future career will be leading the British monarchy. While that may sound like a lofty occupation, it’s not the first big job the second in line for the throne has held. Nor is it the only stress-inducing profession the Duke of Cambridge will have in his lifetime. Here’s a look at William’s old job — and how it affected his well-being.

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Prince William as he begins his new job with the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA). | Stefan Rousseau WPA – Pool/Getty Images

What was Prince William’s former job?

Like most men in the British royal family, Will previously served in the military. As CNN summarizes, he attended Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 2006 — after attending St. Andrews University, in Scotland, from 2001-2005 — and then joined the Household Cavalry. He served a two-month attachment with the Royal Navy in the Caribbean in 2008, working on hurricane relief and counter-narcotics.

William then became operational captain with the Royal Air Force Search and Rescue Force and worked as an air ambulance pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. He left the post just two years later to focus on his royal duties.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge | Chris Jackson – WPA Pool/Getty Images

How did the job affect Prince William’s mental health?

When the duke left his post with the Royal Air Force, there was criticism he wasn’t up to snuff for such a big job. As it turns out, his military stint was actually affecting his mental well-being.

While speaking at an event for the launch of the Mental Health at Work Project in Bristol, England in September 2018, William revealed that the negative environment of working as an air ambulance pilot took its toll on him.

“I took a lot home without realizing it,” he said. “You see (so) many sad things every day that you think life is like that.

“You’re always dealing with despair and sadness and injury. The attrition builds up and you never really have the opportunity to offload anything if you’re not careful.”

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry visit the tunnel and trenches at Vimy Memorial Park

Prince Charles, Prince William, and Prince Harry | Tim Rooke-Pool/Getty Images

What does this say about his capacity as the future king?

We may not be doctors, but it appears Prince William’s mental health woes stemmed solely from his former job and isn’t directly connected to how he deals with work stressors in general. The Duke of Cambridge has thrived in his royal duties even while having the busy task of raising three young children. Kudos to the prince for recognizing how his job affected his mental health and for speaking to others about it.

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