Prince doesn't want

Kate Middleton, 31, fears that husband Prince William, who’s dedicated to his job as an RAF search and rescue pilot, could miss the birth of their first child. 

But although Prince William, who turned 31 on 21 June, travelled to Northumberland with Prince Harry for the wedding of Lady Melissa Percy and Thomas van Straubenzee at the weekend, he doesn’t like being away from Kate‘s side.

From now until the birth, he’s expected to spend as much time as possible at Nottingham Cottage, his and Kate‘s two-bed home in the grounds of London’s Kensington Palace.

And although he’s hopeful he won’t be called away, insiders reveal that there’s no guarantee.

Kate‘s worried he might not be around,’ says our source.

‘She’s feeling self-conscious because it’s uncharted territory for both of them.

‘It’s an exciting and nervous time, but she knows that he’ll do everything in his power not to let her down.’

Prince William‘s previously made it clear that he won’t ask for special treatment from the RAF.

After the Royal Wedding in April 2011, he postponed his and Kate‘s official honeymoon because he had to complete his shift in Anglesey.

He also missed their first Valentine’s Day as a married couple while on a tour of duty in the Falklands and their second wedding anniversary because of all of his RAF commitments.

Royal sources say William has an emergency plan if Kate goes into labour when he’s called away.

He’s asked if a friend’s helicopter can be on standby to fly him back to London, although that could still involve him being in the air for more than an hour and a half. 

Read more about Kate Middleton and Prince William in this week’s Now magazine dated 24 June 2013 – download the digital edition now!

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