The Duke of Cambridge was seen struggling with cables as he tried to fill up his East Anglian Air Ambulance helicopter after landing in Cambridge this morning.
The future king brandished the cable above his head and across the grass in a bid to sort it out before a colleague stepped in to help before they headed into the charity’s base at Cambridge Airport.
Prince William has faced criticism this week for not working enough after it was revealed he has only worked 12 shifts as a helicopter pilot for the charity since January 1.
Usually air ambulance pilots work nine and a half shifts on a four-on, four-off rota.
The former Army pilot is believed to have started work at 7am today, while his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge is in Edinburgh for the day visiting school-based child mental health charity projects.
He was seen flying into Cambridge Airport mid-morning after a mission, then spent a while re-fuelling and chatting to colleagues.
After a few days work, he will have Friday off to watch Wales v France in the Six Nations rugby in Cardiff.
Prince William, who started work with the East Anglian Air Ambulance last July, flies an EC145 T2 aircraft and responds to emergencies in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire, ranging from road accidents to heart attacks.
The charity completes more than 150 missions each month.
Like all other East Anglian Air Ambulance pilots, he is formally employed by Bond Air Services and draws a salary which he donates to charity.
Kate is visiting three Edinburgh schools today where she wrapped up warm in a Max Mara bottle green coat with a black knit polo neck underneath and a black and white houndstooth skirt from new brand, Le Kilt, in a nod to Scottish heritage.
She completed her smart outfit with her trusty low black suede heels, her hair perfectly blow-dried, hanging loose and some Kiki McDonough gold leaf and diamond earrings.
The Royal couple”s children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, did not join Kate on her Scottish engagement but will presumably be being looked after by their nanny, Maria Teresa Borrallo.