William is an RAF search and rescue pilot in Wales

Prince William and his RAF search and rescue team could be drafted in to help look for missing Welsh schoolgirl April Jones.

If he’s called up, William, 30 – who’s based at RAF Valley in Anglesey – will take control of a Sea King helicopter to perform a sweep of the Irish Sea and the mountains and rivers of Snowdonia.

‘The RAF are on constant standby to aid the search efforts and can be called in at a moment’s notice,’ says a senior police source.

‘They could prove to be an invaluable resource.’

Hundreds of people have taken part in the hunt for 5-year-old April since she disappeared near her home in Machynlleth, Powys last Monday and detectives say it could go on for at least two more weeks.

Former lifeguard Mark Bridger has been remanded in custody after being charged with her abduction and murder and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Prince William and all the Sea King crew are all incredibly professional,’ the insider tells the Daily Mirror.

‘[They] will be champing at the bit to do anything they can to help the search operation.’

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