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Prince William reveals he just spent three weeks working undercover with spies

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Prince William has just completed three weeks immersing himself in the secret world of espionage, Kensington Palace has revealed.
In a statement released by the Palace, the 36-year-old spent three weeks working with three different security services, the Secret Intelligent Service, known as the MI6; the Security Service, MI5, and the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in Cheltenham.
With the threat level of international terrorism in the UK set as 'severe' or above for the last five years, the Palace says William was "keen to see first-hand the extraordinary work that staff across the Security and Intelligence Agencies do."
"Spending time inside our security and intelligence agencies, understanding more about the vital contribution they make to our national security, was a truly humbling experience," William says.
"These agencies are full of people from everyday backgrounds doing the most extraordinary work to keep us safe.
"The work in secret, often not even able to tell their family and friends about the work they do or the stresses they face.
"They are driven by an unrivalled patriotism and dedication to upholding the values of our country," he adds.
"We all owe them deep gratitude for the difficult and dangerous work they do."

The Duke of Cambridge began his assignment with a week at MI6, who work secretly overseas developing foreign contacts and gathering intelligence that helps to make the UK safer.
He spent his second week with MI5 where he saw how the agency works to protect national security, particularly against threats from terrorism and finally completed his assignment at GCHQ where he observed how the agency uses cutting edge technology, technical ingenuity and partnerships to identify, analyse and disrupt threats.
A source revealed to BAZAAR.com, "The placements didn't happen because of an invitation.
"This is a strong area of interest for William and something he personally asked to do and [asked] aides at Kensington Palace to arrange."
David, the Head of Counter-Terrorism at GCHQ says, "Having The Duke of Cambridge spend time with our teams was an incredible opportunity.
"William worked exceptionally hard to embed himself in the team and comfortably held his own amongst some highly skilled analysts and operators.
"His Royal Highness asked some probing questions and demonstrated a real grasp of our mission.
"This rare opportunity to expose, in detail, the technical ingenuity and problem solving skills needed on a daily basis to help keep the UK safe."