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Son of Fiji is royal aide

Mere Naleba
Monday, January 07, 2013

A FIJIAN soldier serving in the British Army in the Parachute Regiment has created history after being employed as the orderly for Prince William and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton.

The new recruit who cannot be named for security reasons is the couple's first orderly.

As reported in the Daily Mail, the lucky Fijian soldier — apart from his responsibilities of having to be the chauffeur, and arranging and planning of logistics of the man who is second in line to the throne — is also in charge of Prince William's wardrobe.

The report stated the young Fijian lad was seen driving the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William on several official engagements.

It reported that the Fijian soldier drove the duchess when she visited her former preparatory school, where she played a game of hockey in November, shortly before she was taken to hospital with acute morning sickness. The Daily Mail reported that a royal aide described the Fijian as a "lovely guy — like all army, a superb can-do attitude and great sense of humour". According to the Daily Mail report, the cost is unknown and is being borne by the Ministry of Defence and therefore the taxpayer.

With the couple now expecting their first child, the report stated that Prince William and the duchess have so far resisted the pressure in hiring more people to assist them with duties and have been doing their own cooking and shopping.

The Parachute Regiment to which the Fijian soldier belongs is seen as an elite regiment in the British Army forces. The regiment is expected to provide or deploy an infantry force at short notice when needed.

Soldiers in the regiment are trained with professionalism, resilience, discipline, versatility, courage and self resilience. They are also expected to provide direct support to the United Kingdom Special Forces.


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