The commanders of the Royal Air Force have told Prince William, a helicopter pilot, that he has to decide by the end of this year whether to continue his flying career or quit. "He has not yet made a decision, but when he does, it will be in consultation with [officers] and, of course, his wife," Nick Laughran, a spokesman for Prince William, tells Life & Style.
The prince -- who just celebrated his first anniversary with his bride -- has spent much of his marriage working long shifts at a Royal Air Force base in Wales and on extensive tours of duty overseas.
The time apart has been tough for Kate Middleton, 30, whose weight had plummeted as she struggled with the stress of adjusting to life as a princess. "She worries about him flying all the time, but she wouldn't ask him to step down, as she knows flying is a passion in his life," a royal insider shares.
The 29-year-old prince and Kate Middleton are eager to have a baby, which neither wants to do while William's off flying rescue missions. "They've told friends they'll start a family next year, when they move to a new home in Kensington Palace, so it would make sense for William to leave the Air Force then," the insider says. Still, Kate's being careful not to pressure her husband to make a decision. "She doesn't want him to quit for her," notes the insider, "but because he feels it's the right thing to do."
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