Royal fans rejoice – Prince William and Catherine are making plans to visit Australia in a bid to support bushfire-ravaged towns.
Discussions have been taking place between the Morrison government and Kensington Palace, which is the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s official household and an official invitation is expected to be extended to the Royal couple this week.
Prince William and Kate have been open in communicating their concern about the destruction and loss caused by the recent bushfires and expressed a desire to visit the affected areas.
The couple will most likely pay a visit to both New South Wales and Victoria. However their itinerary has not yet been finalised and other states may also be on the agenda, as reported by SMH.
The trip will be the Prince’s fifth visit to Australia and the couple’s first since 2014. During their last tour of Australia, the Duke and Duchess visited Winmalee, a New South Wales town where fire had destroyed 195 homes a few months earlier.
Kensington Palace has declined to comment but an announcement is expected very soon as long as there are no last-minute changes to their schedule.
The Royal tour may have the knock-on effect of attracting even more international donations for the recovery effort.
It is unclear whether the couple’s three kids, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, will be accompanying their parents.
William and Catherine, the Queen and Prince Philip, and Prince Harry and Meghan, all issued separate statements in the beginning of the year expressing shock at the death and destruction in Australia.
The statement from Kensington Palace read: “We continue to be shocked and deeply saddened to hear about the wild fires that are destroying homes, livelihoods and wildlife across much of Australia.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all the people and communities who are affected by this devastating event”.
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