Prince William rejects criticism he is 'work shy'

Second-in-line to the throne says when Queen is ready to hand over tasks, he'll be 'first person to accept them'

Prince William poses in front of a Sea King helicopter at RAF Valley in Anglesey Wales on June 1, 2012. (CP/AP, SAC Faye Storer, MOD)

Prince William in front of a Sea King helicopter at RAF Valley. (CP/AP, SAC Faye Storer, MOD, file photo)

LONDON — Prince William has rejected criticism that he doesn’t put enough time into royal duties in interviews ahead of Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday.

Dismissing the moniker of “work-shy William,” the second-in-line to the throne says he’s balancing his royal duties with those of a husband, father and air ambulance pilot. William says when the queen is ready to hand over tasks, he’ll be the “first person to accept them.”

William tells the BBC he’s “going to get plenty of criticism over my lifetime, and it’s something that I don’t completely ignore, but it’s not something I take completely to heart.”

In another interview with Sky News, he offers tribute to the queen and credits her with helping him through the loss of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.