Prince George ‘doesn’t have to serve in the army’ before becoming king | British News

Royals have long been expected to spend time in the armed forces (Image: AP/Getty Images)

Royals have long been expected to spend time in the armed forces (Image: AP/Getty Images)

Insiders claim that Prince George will not follow in his father’s footsteps and serve in the army before becoming king – breaking a tradition.

Royals have been expected to serve time in the army, navy or air force for centuries.

But the nine-year-old, second in line to the throne, could skip that entirely if he chooses, The Mail on Sunday reported.

A “longtime friend” of Prince William, the young king’s father, told the tabloid that George didn’t need to follow the “old formula of going into the military.”

“In theory, there’s nothing stopping George from pursuing, for example, a career as an astronaut if he wants to, and later becoming king,” they said.

The friend added, “For example, could Charlotte qualify as a doctor?” I don’t see why not. It’s less of a fishbowl now than it was when William and Harry were growing up.’

Prince William (left) and Prince Harry pose together during a photocall at the Royal Air Forcebase in Shawbury, England Thursday June 18, 2009. The princes are both currently stationed at the Defense Helicopter Flying School headquarters as they attend the Military service undergo helicopter training. William is training to be an RAF search and rescue pilot while his younger brother Harry is pursuing a career as a pilot in the British Army Air Corps. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Both Prince William (left) and Prince Harry served time in the military (Image: AP)

Sandhurst graduates including Prince William take part in today's Sovereign's Parade. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday December 15, 2006. See stories by PA ROYAL William. Photo credit should read: Lewis Whyld/rota/PA Wire.

William attended Sandhurst, a top-notch military school (Image: PA)

A source close to Buckingham Palace said: “If any of the three children of Wales had a particular passion, their parents would be delighted if they pursued that passion.”

According to the British Army, members of the royal family are not required to serve in the military, but it is a centuries-old tradition.

The tradition goes back to how reigning monarchs led their armies into battle.

A page on the Royal Family’s website about their association with the Army reads: “Members of the Royal Family are encouraged to serve in the Armed Forces and to develop special relationships to better understand their ongoing work and culture.”

However, only the late Queen Elizabeth II was a full-time active duty member of the Army, serving as a teenager in World War II.

King Charles served in both the Navy and the Royal Air Force during his successful military career between 1971 and 1994.

(FILES) - A file photo taken on December 12, 2012 shows Britain's Prince Harry (R) as he conducts his early morning pre-flight checks at the British-controlled airline at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan's Helmand province, where he flies as an Apache served as a helicopter pilot/gunner with the 662 Sqd Army Air Corps. Prince Harry announced on March 17, 2015 that he was leaving the British Army after ten years of fighting twice on the front lines in Afghanistan. Harry, who will be fifth in line to the throne with his brother Prince William's expected second child in April, will complete his military service after a four-week secondment to the Australian Armed Forces in April and May 2015. AFP PHOTO / POOL / JOHN STILLWELL / FILESJOHN STILLWELL/AFP/Getty Images

Harry wrote in Spare that he had mixed feelings about his time in Afghanistan (Image: AFP/Getty Images)

The heir to the throne, the Prince of Wales, served in the armed forces for over seven years.

In 2005, shortly after graduating from the University of St Andrews in Scotland, he entered Sandhurst, a top military school.

William was commissioned as an officer in the British Army in December 2006 before joining the Household Calvary (Blue and Royals) as a Second Lieutenant.

The remainder of his army service saw him serve in the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy until 2013.

Prince Harry also went to Sandhurst before joining the Blues and Royals, the second highest regiment in the British Army.

The Duke of Sussex became the first king to serve in a war zone since his uncle Prince Andrew served twice in Afghanistan.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 17: Prince George of Wales, Princess Charlotte of Wales and Prince Louis of Wales during Trooping the Color on June 17, 2023 in London, England. Trooping the Color is a traditional parade held to mark the British Sovereign's official birthday. It will be the first Trooping the Color for King Charles III. since his accession to the throne. (Photo by Neil Mockford/Getty Images)

Prince George of Wales could even become an ‘astronaut’ before becoming king, a close family friend has said (Image: Neil Mockford/Getty Images)

One stretched from 2007 to 2008 and the other from 2012 to 2013

The experience haunts him, he wrote in his memoirs.

Harry said in Spare that he killed 25 Taliban fighters, which he was not “ashamed” of, since the army had taught him to think of them as “chess pieces from the board, in which the bad guys are eliminated before they kill the good guys.” “.

“You can’t kill people by seeing them as people,” he wrote. “They taught me to make them ‘different’ and they trained me well.”

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