Prince William completes three weeks of work experience at Britain's top spy agencies

Lauren Clark
Contributor
Prince William has completed three weeks of work experience at the UK’s top spy agencies [Image: Getty]

With a wardrobe of tuxedos and a glamorous social calendar, Prince William is living rather like a real life James Bond.

So it is perhaps unsurprising that he has now been revealed as just having completed three weeks of work experience with some of the UK’s top spies.

The Duke of Cambridge has interned at security service MI5, secret intelligence service MI6 and GCHQ, according to Kensington Palace.

Of his time spent at Britain’s intelligence agencies, the father of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis described it as a “truly humbling experience”.

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According to Kensington Palace, the prince’s first week was with MI6, who help the UK identify and exploit opportunities.

He then proceeded to be placed at MI5, where he was given an insight into the country’s counter-terrorism efforts.

The second in line to the throne then spent time at GCHQ in Cheltenham, where he was taught about the latest technology that helps them tackle security threats.

In a statement, the palace said the duke had been able to witness firsthand the “extraordinary work that staff across the security and intelligence agencies do”.

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William added: “Spending time inside our security and intelligence agencies, understanding more about the vital contribution they make to our national security, was a truly humbling experience.

“These agencies are full of people from everyday backgrounds doing the most extraordinary work to keep us safe.

“They work in secret, often not even able to tell their family and friends about the work they do or the stresses they face.

“They are driven by an unrivalled patriotism and dedication to upholding the values of this country. We all owe them deep gratitude for the difficult and dangerous work they do.”

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A spokesperson for GCHQ’s head of counter-terrorism operations, who is identified only as “David”, said: “Having the Duke of Cambridge spend time with our teams was an incredible opportunity. William worked exceptionally hard to embed himself in the team and comfortably held his own among some highly skilled analysts and operators.

“His royal highness asked some probing questions and demonstrated a real grasp of our mission.

“This was a rare opportunity to expose, in detail, the technical ingenuity and problem-solving skills needed on a daily basis to help keep the UK safe.”

Before beginning at Sandhurst in 2006, William completed work experience at the Bank of England, the London Stock Exchange and Lloyds of London.

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