Prince William has travelled extensively on numerous state visits in his adult life, often at the side of his wife Kate Middleton, 39. However, his royal trips these days differ greatly from some of his previous travels. His gap year was a time that saw William experience a “tough environment” far from palace life.
Prince Charles was very keen for his son to travel at the time and “meet people from different lands and backgrounds in order to gain the worldly knowledge that would prepare him for the lifetime of responsibility that lay ahead,” wrote author Ingrid Seward in her 2010 book William and Harry.
And so, aged 18, Prince William flew to Belize where he joined the Welsh Guards “on exercise in the jungles of Central America.”
It must have been a rude awakening for the young royal.
However, the experience taught him some vital survival skills.
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Hunting for food in the wild was one key lesson William learnt.
“He was taught how to kill and prepare his food,” wrote Seward.
“An exercise code-named Native Trail began with instructors slaughtering a pig, hanging it from a pole and butchering it…