Prince William 'to put military service before royal duties

Prince William `to put military service before royal duties London: Prince William, the second-in-line to the British throne, has reportedly indicated that he would put his military service before royal duties.

The Duke of Cambridge, currently posted in the Falkland Islands as a search and rescue helicopter pilot, was widely expected to leave the British armed forces next year to become a full-time working royal.

However, William has signalled that he will extend his Royal Air Force service beyond next year, because he hopes to start a family away from the spotlight of royal duties, 'The Daily Telegraph' reported.

The Prince is understood to have decided to stay on beyond mid-2013 when his current three-year tour of duty ends.

The move could allow the Duke, 29, and the Duchess of Cambridge, 30, to begin to raise a family together in the military, away from the spotlight of official royal life.

Having already served for six years, the choice of an extended career in the Forces would break with recent royal tradition.

A senior royal aide said: "The Duke is very keen on his flying, very good at it, and he wants to continue with his military career. Should the Duke and Duchess choose to have children within the next few years, he is keen to bring them up as children of a serviceman for as long as possible.

"He is in no hurry to take up a more prominent role within the Royal Family, and there is absolutely no pressure from the Queen or anywhere within the royal household for him to do so.

"The Duke is conscious of other members of the Royal Family, including his grandfather, who gave up their military careers to take up greater official responsibilities, but he is not keen to do this if he doesn't need to. When the time comes, down the line, he wants to be able to look servicemen in the eye and say 'I did my time'."