Rumor: Prince William is leaving his Royal Air Force job

According to an unidentified source, Prince William has turned in his resignation for his job with the Royal Air Force, which is outsourcing to an American company.

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Prince William is leaving his Royal Air Force job

According to US Weekly, Prince William has turned in his resignation for his job as a search and rescue pilot with the Royal Air Force in Anglesey, Wales.

An unidentified military source told US Weekly that William, 30, has submitted a formal resignation.

William and his wife, Duchess Kate, are expecting a baby this summer.

"William is ready to take on new challenges as a royal and within the armed forces," the insider said, adding that William "will be making an announcement within the next month and leave RAF Valley around the time of the birth."

The US Weekly story comes on the heels of reports by the Sun, the New York Post, Examiner, Softpedia and other news sites that Prince William might lose his job because the Royal Air Force, which runs Britain's search and rescue helicopter service, is outsourcing to a company from the United States.

The government announced that after 70 years, the RAF and Royal Navy squadrons' helicopter service will now switch hands to U.S.-headquartered Bristow Helicopters, the Post reports.

The Examiner reports the outsourcing deal will cost $2.4 billion and bring in 22 new helicopters. The Sea King helicopters, which are now flown by Prince William, will no longer be used.

Although some may choose to join the private Bristow group, employment remains uncertain.

Privatization not a surprise

The news doesn't come as a complete surprise, since the privatization of the helicopter service was considered several years ago, according to the Examiner.

US Weekly reported that William's current tour with the RAF ends this summer.

Prince to the rescue

Last month, the flight lieutenant made headlines when he flew his Sea King helicopter in freezing conditions to Snowdonia, North Wales, to rescue two walkers.

Hannah Coffman contributed to this story.

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