Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Prince William wants a “normal life” for his child and is therefore considering staying in the RAF rather than taking up full-time royal duties.

The future king and wife Duchess Catherine, announced that they are first-time expectant parents just a few weeks ago and the couple’s baby will be born in summer 2013.

William - who currently works as an RAF search-and-rescue pilot - is considering delaying full-time royal duties so his son or daughter can have a sense of normality.

A source told Us Weekly magazine: "William wants to give their child a somewhat normal life, and for that to happen, he has to remain in the armed forces."

The Prince, also known formally as the Duke of Cambridge, has until January 2013 to make a decision on whether to remain in his current job, which is based out of Wales.

If he extends his time at his current post, past August, when he and Catherine move to London, his work will require them to be separated for days at a time, so sources say he is hoping for an RAF post closer to the couple's Kensington Palace home.

One said: "He is leaning toward a Windsor-based post with the Household Cavalry as a troop commander...working for the Head of State.

Catherine - who is also known by her maiden name of Kate Middleton - is around 12 weeks pregnant so is due to give birth next June or July.

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