Just one week after his wedding, Prince William has been embroiled in his first controvesy as he's been blamed for the late rescue of a hiker from Mount Snowdon in Snowdonia National Park.
'I don't care if he is the heir to throne off on his wedding day , it's no excuse for not checking the rota' explained Daniel Dickenson First Station Officer of William's Anglesea base RAF Valley 'thanks to him forgeting to see if he was on duty or not he didn't organise any sodding cover which left us without a pilot for the whole weekend' fumed Officer Dickenson.
While the Prince was involved in the wedding of the decade the base received a call from Llanberis Mountain Rescue asking for assistance in a rescue attempt on Mount Snowdon.
'Imagine the embarrasment I had when I told them we couldn't help because the helicopter pilot was off getting married. What made it worse was the fact that I couldn't draft any emergency cover in because the rest of the pilots were all guests at the wedding' said Dickenson.
The attending mountain rescue team were subsequently unable to complete the rescue of 70 year old hiking enthusiast Norman Whitcombe from Chester who had plunged down a hundred foot slope into a narrow gorge.
'Two bloody days I was lying there' said the still angry Whitcombe talking from his hospital bed in Bangor 'I'd broken both my legs, pelvis, collar bone and believe me the pain of all that was not lessened by them shouting down the gorge I was stuck in that they couldn't rescue me because all the RAF pilots were attending the Royal wedding and there was no cover' explained Whitcombe 'it was no consolation them telling me that Kate's dress was lovely and the newly wed's had given the watching public an extra kiss on the balcony. Information like that was not going to help me get through two days of severe hyperthermia'.
When asked why Mr Whitcombe was hiking in the first place instead of watching the wedding he replied 'I went hiking for the day to get away from all that Royal nonsense but I didn't think it would come back to haunt me like this'.
Final comment was left to Officer Dickenson who remarked 'in any other circumstance you'd be talking a court martial for this but as it's William I suppose it'll all get swept under the carpet. Duke of Cambridge or no Duke of Cambridge it's times like this that I wished we had send him to Afghanistan'.