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Prince William hints at third child with Kate Middleton as he gushes over Charlotte and George

Gordon Rayner

Published 13/07/2015 | 11:57

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte who was christened at Sandringham on Sunday. Credit: Mario Testino / Art Partner
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte who was christened at Sandringham on Sunday. Credit: Mario Testino / Art Partner
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge arrive at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham Estate for the Christening of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge on July 5, 2015 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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The Duke of Cambridge and his son, Prince George, after the christening of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge at Sandringham on Sunday Photo: Mario Testino / Art Partner
The Duchess of Cambridge and her daughter, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, who was christened at Sandringham on Sunday July 5, 2015. Credit: Mario Testino / Art Partner.
Prince William and Princess Charlotte
Britain's Prince William holds his son Prince George as they walk past the crowds after the christening of his daughter Princess Charlotte at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham Estate, July 5, 2015. REUTERS/Mary Turner/Pool

The Duke of Cambridge has hinted that he and the Duchess of Cambridge may have a third baby as he described Princess Charlotte as "a little joy of heaven".

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In an interview to mark his first day as an air ambulance pilot, the Duke spoke of his pride at the Duchess's "amazing" mothering skills, and said Prince George was "a little monkey".

He also opened up about his plans for the future, saying he has no idea when he might take up full-time royal duties.

The Duke began his first shift as a pilot with East Anglian Air Ambulance today, attending his first incident at 9.20am, just over two hours into the job. He had admitted to first-day nerves but said the role would help him to be "a good guy...a decent individual".

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge arrive at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham Estate for the Christening of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge on July 5, 2015 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge arrive at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham Estate for the Christening of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge on July 5, 2015 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Talking about the arrival of Princess Charlotte he said: “It has been fantastic and she has been a little joy of heaven. But at the same time it is more responsibility, looking after two little ones, especially when George is around. He’s a little monkey.

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"But it is fantastic having a lovely little family and I am so thrilled. And Catherine has been doing an amazing job as a mother and I’m very proud of her.”

Asked whether the couple might have more children, he said: “We’ve only just had the second one. You never know what is going to happen in the future.”

The Duke of Cambridge and his son, Prince George, after the christening of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge at Sandringham on Sunday Photo: Mario Testino / Art Partner
The Duke of Cambridge and his son, Prince George, after the christening of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge at Sandringham on Sunday Photo: Mario Testino / Art Partner

Speaking about his new job the Duke said: "For me it is also really important to be grounded. I feel doing a job like this really helps with grounding the core of what I am trying to become… just trying to be a good guy, trying to do what you can, trying be a decent individual, thoughtful. Qualities in people that you would want to be associated with. "At the moment I’m juggling the two of them, and a young family. I’m enjoying it, and I like the challenge, but yes, inevitably down the line, things will probably become a little bit more difficult for me to do that. But while I’m still relatively young, I can manage the two jobs as best I can.

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“The term, ‘full-time royal role’ is bandied around quite a lot, and no-one actually really knows what that means, but I think I can still manage to do my commitments and my responsibilities as well as I can.

"The Queen is still very active and is still showing incredible leadership. My father is doing many, many engagements, as are the rest of the family, and so there’s a lot being done by the Royal family around the country. I hope to still be a part of that, and do as much as I can, but equally do something which I think is incredibly important and [will] prove me in good stead for the future.”

Prince William and Princess Charlotte
Prince William and Princess Charlotte

His new job will involve some traumatic sights, and he said: “Nothing ever prepares you that well for what you are going to see.”

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He had seen similar sights in the 150 incidents he attended during his time as an RAF Search and Rescue pilot, and added: “When you are working with a team you help each other out and you talk about it and you get through it that way.”

"There’s nothing to say I couldn’t do it for the rest of my life. I might be able to, and still balance the two. But obviously at some point there is probably going to be a lot more pressure and responsibility from the other side of my life.

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