As Prince William steps up his royal duties in the absence of King Charles III and Princess Catherine – both of whom have been dealing with different medical issues over the past few weeks – he is sure to keep his loved ones in his thoughts.
The Prince of Wales, who attended the London Air Ambulance Charity Dinner this evening, has a special connection with the cause having served as a pilot for the East Anglia Air Ambulance Service from March 2015 to July 2017.
In a speech at the event, William paid tribute to the king, who announced earlier this week that he had been diagnosed with cancer, and his wife, who is recovering from abdominal surgery.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to say thank you for the kind support you have shown to Catherine and my father, especially in recent days. It means a lot to us all,” William began. He jokingly added: “It’s fair to say the focus over the past few weeks has been quite ‘medical’. So I thought I’d get away from it all by joining the air ambulance!”
The cancer was discovered during Charles’ recent surgery to treat benign prostatic hypertrophy. market It is understood the condition is not prostate cancer, although Buckingham Palace has so far not specified the Queen’s diagnosis.
As for the Princess of Wales, Kate has returned home to Windsor after undergoing abdominal surgery on January 16. “The princess is in good spirits,” a royal source told reporters. market when she was discharged from hospital. She is not expected to return to royal duties until after March.
Elsewhere in William’s speech, he paid tribute to another celebrity among the guests: Tom Cruise.
“Tom, if you don’t mind not borrowing any of the new helicopters next time Mission impossible, we would be grateful. joked the prince. “We all saw it on the screen – what should I say?” – You seem to have a different perspective on ‘normal wear and tear’ than the rest of us. Not the type to lose his temper. “
Read William’s full speech below.
Good evening everyone. Thank you all for being here. Thank you to those who worked so hard to make tonight possible.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for your kind support to Catherine and my father, especially in recent days. This means a lot to all of us.
It’s fair to say that the focus over the past few weeks has been quite “medical.” So I thought I’d get away from it all by joining the air ambulance!
But, seriously, we have come together tonight to help as many people as possible benefit from top-notch care from the contours of the London Air Ambulance Flying Lifeline.
As a former pilot for the East Anglia Air Ambulance, I know how important the work of the Air Ambulance across the country is and the real life-saving difference it can make by providing emergency medical care wherever injuries occur.
In London, the existing aircraft performed admirably. But our capital needs a new fleet. We are in a race against time. The clue is indeed in the name of the appeal. By September, we need two new redbirds in our skies equipped with the latest gear, like night vision goggles.
I know if you needed a lot of convincing, you wouldn’t be here. But listen later to Milana’s story and find out how Air Ambulance and its incredible team gave her a second chance at life.
I should also take this opportunity to mention my – our – fellow pilot, Tom Cruise. Tom, thank you so much for supporting us tonight.
Tom, if you don’t mind not borrowing any of the new helicopters next time Mission impossible,I will really appreciate. We’ve all seen it on screen – what should I say? – You seem to have a different perspective on “normal wear and tear” than the rest of us. Not the kind that passes by in a flash.
Anyway, thank you all so much for being here tonight and supporting such a wonderful cause.
All of you, every one of you, are saviors.
As Associate Editor of HarpersBAZAAR.com, Chelsey keeps her finger on the pulse of all celebrity news. She also writes about social movements, connecting with activists leading the fight for workers’ rights, climate justice, and more. Offline, she’s probably spending too much time on TikTok, re-watching Emma (the 2020 version, of course), or shopping for another corset.