PRINCE William made a surprise private visit to an ambulance station – days after it emerged its staff were to strike.
The ex-air ambulance pilot chatted and joked with medics on Friday.
Service Delivery Manager Kerry Gaskin gave him a cupcake and posted a pic online.
She said: “Prince William arrived at Ipswich Ambulance Station to show his support.”
It came as almost 1,000 ambulance workers in the east of England are to strike for the first time.
A source said of William, who was in the East Anglian Air Ambulance from 2015 to 2017: “The visit was to show support for ambulance staff.
“It was not political. They did not discuss strikes.”
Prince William revealed in December 2021 how he suffered an emotional crisis while working as an air ambulance pilot.
He said that one call-out to a young boy who had been in a car accident left his traumatised.
William said: “I wasn’t in tears but inside I felt something had changed. I felt a reals sort of tension inside me.
“You have a reluctance to talk about it because you don’t want to burden other people. It really hit me weeks later.”