by ecorazzicontributor
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This is just becoming too much for me, really, I mean— how much of a fairy tale life can one man lead? Prince William, no longer just a real-life prince with his own kingdom and subjects, has soared into Disney prince status after coming to the rescue and saving an actual life.

That’s right, just two days after announcing his engagement to longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton, the prince leapt to action and flew a helicopter through thick fog on Thursday afternoon to the peak of Mt. Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales. The prince is currently a search and rescue pilot with the Royal Air Force, and they were called in to perform a rescue operation after a hiker suffered a massive heart attack while mid-climb.

In an interview with the U.K.’s Sunday Mirror, the 45-year-old survivor, Greg Watkins, said “If it wasn’t for him and the rest of his crew, I’d be dead.”

Watkins was unaware that he had a real knight in shining armour at his aid until they landed at the hospital. “The winchman helped me out and on to a stretcher then whispered, ‘Prince William’s just flown you here.’ I looked up at him and just said, ‘Oh. Tell him thank you.’ It didn’t really sink in until I woke up after my operation. Now I think it’s amazing.”

We do too!

  • David A.

    He is really starting to make the rest of us look bad! Hold on, I have to go save a busload of school children, I’ll be right back…

    • David

      Not to take anything away from anybody who does rescue work. But if he hadn’t been on duty then another pilot and crew would have done exactly the same thing with just as much skill, and it would have gotten an inch or two of ink buried on page three or four.

      • From MN, with hope…

        I agree with you there. If any old rescue crew or even just another hiker would have rescued Watkins, this would be bland news. Prestige, I guess, is a big thing to overcome, and keeps the limelight on you.

  • whitney

    Soooo… he did his job? What about all the other service men and women?

  • herwin

    Whats so “fairy tale” about doing ones job and flying a ‘copter ?
    and whats more, is there anything “green” in this story that justifies it to be posted on the Ecorazzi ?? Me think not. Its just the glorification of urban Disney feelings of a prominent pro bloodsport family. (=hunting with packs of hounds who tear up living foxes)