The decision means that paramedics will no longer have to waste crucial time flying to Watford to take on more fuel. The arrangement enables pilots to land and take off from Perks Field, a section of grassland next to the Palace and which is normally used for Royal Family helicopters. A royal source told the Evening Standard: “Perks Field has been made available to the London Air Ambulance.
“The palace are happy to help in these times.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are currently in lockdown at their Norfolk residence, Anmer Hall, with their three children.
Prince William served as a helicopter pilot with the RAF Search and Rescue Force and regularly flew Sea King helicopters.
After leaving the RAF, the Duke of Cambridge started a job as a civilian ambulance pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance, where he worked between March 2015 and July 2017.
The duke reportedly wanted to resume his career as an air ambulance pilot, in order to do his bit in the fight against the coronavirus.
It is understood that he expressed the wish during a visit to a NHS call centre in Croydon, South London.
A source told The Sun: “William has been seriously considering returning as an air ambulance pilot to help in the current pandemic.
“He knows the whole country is doing its bit and he wants to help.
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“But it’s complicated as he was originally grounded from the job so that he could become a senior working royal.
“That role is even more important now given that Charles has been ill, Harry has walked away with Meghan and Andrew has been effectively barred from public life.
“But William is very keen to do anything he can to help.”
Prince William became the patron of the London Air Ambulance’s 30th anniversary campaign last year.
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To mark the occasion, the service sent a helicopter to pick up the prince from his Kensington residence.
William promptly took over the captain’s seat and flew the aircraft to the Royal London Hospital.
His flying skills were praised by the service’s chief pilot Neil Jeffers, who hailed the prince as an “excellent” pilot.
The London’s Air Ambulance Charity Chief Executive Jonathan Jenkins said in a statement at the time: “Through his support, we aim to raise awareness of the life-saving work carried out by us and by air ambulances across the UK.”
Costing ten million pounds a year to operate, the service operates every day of the year.
Since its inception in 1989 it has treated over 40,000 people and attended most major incidents in the capital, including 7/7 and the London Bridge attacks.
The charity aims to both highlight the vital work the air ambulance performs in delivering lifesaving treatment across London and to raise funds for new facilities.
In November last year, the Duke of Cambridge attended a star studded gala at the luxurious Rosewood London hotel to help mark the 30th anniversary of London’s Air Ambulance.
Guests included the rock legend Eric Clapton and former FI supremo Bernie Ecclestone and his family, as well as Lord and Lady Archer