03/11/2014 11:26 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Prince William Once Did Work Experience Below Stairs (Yes, Really)

You'd think the second-in-line to the throne might have been excused from doing work experience - but Prince William had to endure a two-week job placement just like the rest of us.


So, did William's grandmother sort him out with a glamorous role in a castle somewhere? Well, sort of.

The Express reports William spent a fortnight working at Chatsworth House, the Derbyshire home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire almost ten years ago. However, it wasn't quite as lavish as it sounds.

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In her book Chatsworth: The Housekeeper's Tale, Christine Robinson, who was head housekeeper Chatsworth for 40 years, reveals William was "dressed in overalls" to work below stairs with the other housemen and joiners.

"He spent a week working around the estate and made sausage rolls and mince pies," Robinson writes.

"Then he spent a week at the house, dressed in overalls, drinking tea and eating fish and chips with the rest of the housemen and joiners."

It doesn't sound like William had any problem getting stuck in, but his appearance came as a shock to the estate's tourists.

"The look on visitors' faces was priceless, most obviously thought to themselves, 'That joiner is the double of Prince William,'" Robinson says.

"When two old ladies came straight out and asked him he admitted he really was the heir to the throne."

Robinson's verdict on the young royal? "He was of course charming," she adds.

Sadly, William's days making sausage rolls are long gone now. He will join the East Anglian Air Ambulance as a pilot in spring 2015.

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