The father-to-be has to deal with harrowing events at work

Prince William has admitted that he found some aspects of his job as an RAF search and rescue pilot hard to deal with when he first started.

The Duke, 30 – who’s been based at RAF Valley in Anglesey, Wales since 2010 – was particularly affected by the trauma of having to recover dead bodies.

‘My first few incidents were difficult – but sadly these things happen,’ says William, 30.

‘You must get on with it.’

William thinks the hardest thing he does during his working day is spot endangered people in the water, which he and his crew describe as like trying to find a ‘needle in a haystack’.

The father-to-be – whose wife Kate Middleton is due to give birth next month – realised how difficult pinpointing those lost at sea is during an early assignment.

‘One of my first jobs was two guys on a jet ski who went missing for four-and-a-half hours,’ William tells BBC documentary Helicopter Pilots.

‘After about 45 minutes we spotted a tiny orange strip…

‘They were blue and had severe hypothermia. We got them to hospital and they made a full recovery.’

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Anna Duff