‘Wills better not be flying this thing!’ tree surgeon recalls how Prince William rescued him [VIDEO]

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (C) meets charity representatives as he attends The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund's Royal Film Performance 2015 of the new James Bond 007 film "Spectre" at Royal Albert Hall on October 26, 2015 in London, England. Reuters/Chris Jackson/Pool

A tree surgeon in Britain joked he hoped Prince William wasn’t flying the helicopter sent to rescue him when he met an accident on Tuesday. He said the joke to the Duke of Cambridge himself.

Jim Schembri recalled to “Good Morning Britain” how he was rescued on Tuesday after he was knocked unconscious by a branch while working on a tree in Cambridgeshire. He suffered from a dislocated shoulder and hip. When he woke up, he was being attended to by a rescue team. Unbeknownst to him that time, one of those helping him was William, who was holding Jim’s head as he was receiving first aid.

Jim, who was not aware that the future king of England was assisting him into the air ambulance, exclaimed, “Oh Wills better not be flying this thing!”

“I’ve been holding your head for the past thirty minutes,” the royal apparently replied.

William, a qualified military pilot, took on a full-time job as a rescue pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance in 2015. There were recent reports claiming some of his colleagues complained that he had not been logging in as many flying hours as he should have. Apparently, the Duke only goes to work about two-thirds of hours of the other workers.

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Jim was quick to defend the father of two, however. “What everyone seems to forget is that he donates all his wages back to the air ambulance service,” the horticulture expert said, adding that the royal was doing a “normal man’s job.”

William not only flew Jim back to safety, he also spent 40 minutes with him in the hospital trauma room. Their bromance was short-lived, though.

When asked if Kate Middleton’s husband got in touch with him since then, Jim replied no. “A text would be nice,” he quipped.

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