Just weeks away from her due date, Kate Middleton could give birth to the royal baby any day now.
And while Prince William has been by Kate’s side as much as possible during her pregnancy, palace sources tell Life & Style that his work with the Royal Air Force could have him hundreds of miles away when she goes into labor!
“William wants to be by Kate’s side in the delivery room, but there’s a very big risk that he could miss it,” confirms a palace source.
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As a search and rescue pilot with the RAF, William will be on call during the days leading up to the birth and the source insists, “he won’t be given any special treatment.”
That means he may be forced to return to his base in Anglesey, Wales — nearly 300 miles away from the hospital where his wife will deliver. “If Kate goes into labor, even if he flew by helicopter to the South of England where she is, he could still miss it.”
Though the odds may be against him, there is hope for the prince’s timely arrival. Television host and Royals expert insider James McCourt tells Life & Style that “Prince William is likely to be working right up until the birth, but is expected to make it back from his Royal Air Force job in Wales and be by Kate’s side to welcome the Royal heir into the world.”
It wouldn’t be the first time his duties with the RAF kept him away from Kate for important milestones. The prince postponed their 2011 honeymoon to complete a shift in Anglesey — and he missed their first Valentine’s Day as husband and wife and their second anniversary because of work.
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