It's Lockdown 2.0, which means Zoom calls have once again become the norm – and that's the case for the royal family too. As part of Remembrance Day, Prince William joined military personnel currently serving in Qatar, Somalia and The Gulf for a virtual chat, and talk quickly turned to the future king's own time spent in the RAF.
William has seven years of active service under his belt, previously having been a helicopter pilot. During his time in the military, he travelled the world and experienced some rather intense sounding situations... one of which was a £40 million drugs bust on board HMS Iron Duke in the Caribbean, back in 2008.
Expressing his admiration for those still serving, William told the assembled group, "I hope that you know that we are still thinking about all of you and the important job you're all doing, and that everyone is very grateful." He added: "I hope that over Remembrance Sunday we can remind people just how committed and determined, and how brilliant all the people we have in the Forces are around the world."
One of the servicemen taking part in the call was Leading Physical Instructor Damon Bell, who was chatting to William from on board the HMS Montrose, which last month seized over 450kg of methamphetamine from smugglers in the Straits of Hormuz. When that (casually) came up in conversation, Bell joked about the Prince's own similar-sounding operation during his time in action.
More than 11,000 members of British Armed Forces personnel are currently deployed on operations around the world 🌍 in order to protect communities across the globe and promote the interests of the UK 🇬🇧 abroad. The Duke of Cambridge spoke with deployed representatives from the @royalnavy, @britisharmy and @royalairforceuk. Together they spoke about the important role that #Remembrance plays in their lives, allowing them to remember those who have lost their lives, and to reflect upon the physical and mental sacrifices that those in the Armed Forces continue to make for their country. #WeWillRememberThem
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"[It's] only half of what you got on Iron Duke but still nonetheless very good," Bell laughed, to which The Duke of Cambridge responded, "I wasn't going to bring that up but I'm glad that's still being talked about!"
The royal family member also spoke candidly about his fitness levels – sharing that they've somewhat dropped off during lockdown (same, mate). "I remember being beasted by people like you Damon on the Iron Duke. The on-deck PT was always quite a fun afternoon," he told the military trainer. "I think after a number of lockdowns I might need your PT skills to help get back into shape again." To that, Bell replied: "Always on the end of a Zoom call sir, whenever you're ready."
Now that's a workout we'd love to see! Imagine if William decided to throw in the whole princely thing and start a Davina McCall-esque side hustle instead, and release a fitness DVD? Iconic.
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