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Prince William may extend military service to start family with Kate away from Royal spotlight

Prince William has signalled he will extend his RAF service beyond next year in order to start a family away from the spotlight of royal duties.

Kate Middleton and Prince William smile at each other at stampedeEnlarge
Kate and Will give a loving smile to each other at the Calgary Stampede on July 8, 2011 in Calgary, Canada. (Chris Jackson /Getty Images)

Prince William has signaled he will extend his Royal Air Force service beyond next year, possibly in order to start a family away from the spotlight of royal duties.

The Telegraph reported that Prince William, a helicopter pilot currently posted to the Falkland Islands, was widely expected to leave Britain's Armed Forces next year to become a full-time working royal.

However according to the paper, staying on in the military when his current three-year tour of duty ends, although a break in Royal tradition "could allow the Duke, 29, and the Duchess of Cambridge, 30, to begin to raise a family together in the military, away from the spotlight of official royal life."

The Telegraph quotes a senior royal aide as saying: "The Duke is very keen on his flying, very good at it, and he wants to continue with his military career. Should the Duke and Duchess choose to have children within the next few years, he is keen to bring them up as children of a serviceman for as long as possible.

"He is in no hurry to take up a more prominent role within the Royal Family, and there is absolutely no pressure from the Queen or anywhere within the royal household for him to do so."

According to CNN, William's six-week posting with an air force search and rescue crew in the Falklands has inflamed inflamed anger in Argentina at an already tense time, as London and Buenos Aires again face off over the territory they went to war over in 1982.

Argentina has lodged a formal protest at the United Nations over British "militarization" of the the South Atlantic, with Buenos Aires claiming that Britain had sent a nuclear-armed submarine to the region.

(GlobalPost reports: Argentina lodges formal protest at UN over British 'militarization' of South Atlantic)

Meanwhile, William's younger brother Harry has also been distinguishing himself as a military pilot, according to press reports.

Captain Wales, as he is known in the British army, was named as the best front-seat pilot, or co-pilot gunner, from his class of more than 20 fellow Apache helicopter pilots, Britain’s Defense Ministry announced last week, ABC News reported.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/120212/prince-william-kate-baby-royal-family-argentina-falklands