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Prince William brings honor to our country, says father of boy whose accident grieved the royal

Prince William has shared the “deep distress” he suffered as an air ambulance pilot after a horror crash – but the father of the boy he saved says he’s just “amazing”

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The family of a young boy whose injuries allegedly triggered a mental health crisis for Prince William say they will one day be proud to call him King.

The Duke of Cambridge said he felt “the whole world was dying” after coming to the aid of a seriously injured boy.

Former air ambulance pilot William, 39, is said to have referred to five-year-old Bobby Hughes who was struck by a learner driver.

He survived against all odds and the royal kept in touch with his parents Carly and Jeff Hughes, 44.

Carly, 40, said: “William told us how it affected him as a father and how he felt our pain.

Aunt Georgia (left) with sad Jeff Hughes with mum Carly Easter with son Bobby Hughes, now 6


“I think it’s amazing, an honor for our country. I cannot sing his praises enough. I looked into his eyes and, frankly, he has a good heart.

“He’s a lovely, incredible man. I would be proud to call him my king someday.

The Prince was an East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) pilot from 2015 to 2017.

In March 2017, he was called up to Saffron Walden, Essex, following Bobby’s accident.

The schoolboy was playing with friends outside his house when a learner driver confused the accelerator and the brake.

Prince William begins new work with the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) in 2015


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Bobby suffered brain damage and other serious injuries before being taken to hospital.

He was read the last rites by a priest and doctors warned his family that he had a 5% chance of survival.

But he made it through and his parents hope he will lead a normal life.

Carly added, “All I want now is Bobby to grow up, get married and have kids. I want him to lead the normal life he was supposed to lead.

Bobby, now 10, looks like Prince George, who is eight.

Dad Jeff Hughes with Mum Carly Easter and Son Bobby Hughes


Prince William spoke about his sanity while recording Apple’s Time to Walk podcast, which is released today as part of a series to get people to walk.

As the Duke strolled through the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, he spoke of his time at the EAAA.

He said he was touched by a sense of hopelessness several weeks after the accident.

William said: “As a human being, when you see someone in such difficult circumstances, essentially on the verge of death, you cannot help but be affected.”

  • Prince William’s Time to Walk episode will stream for free on Apple Music 1, with broadcasts today at 8 a.m., 4 p.m. and 9 p.m.

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