Prince William, undercover agent? We are very into this idea, BTW.
Kensington Palace officials shared that William has just wrapped a three-week stint working with Britain’s secret service agencies, namely MI5, MI6 and Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ, “the government’s secret listening service” according to The Associated Press) to better understand the important, and often dangerous, work that goes into protecting the British people and institutions.
The Duke of Cambridge recently concluded a three week attachment to MI5, MI6, and @GCHQ, as the three security services continue their vital work both at home and abroad to keep our people and our allies’ safe. pic.twitter.com/vXFcsbFgk5
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 6, 2019
“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,” William was quoted as saying in a statement released by Kensington Palace. “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.”
Lest you think the Duke of Cambridge is vying for a role in the next Bond installment, his work seems to have been mostly observational (of course), but he did spend time “with those using cutting-edge technology” and apparently “worked exceptionally hard to embed himself in the team and comfortably held his own amongst some highly skilled analysts and operators,” according to David, GCHQ Head of Counter-Terrorism Operations.
His stint as a spy-adjacent fly on the wall wrapped up on Saturday.