Talk about an heir-raising joke.
Kate made the playful jibe Friday after being shown a tuft of the wool at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, an agricultural event that welcomed more than 150,000 visitors.
“The prince was interested in the alpaca, and as I showed it to them, the princess said he should put it on his head,” show exhibitor Lyn Crejan said. “She said, ‘You need it more than me’ and pointed to his head, and he laughed.”
Normally, William’s brother Prince Harry is the one teasing the prince about his hair loss.
The Easter Show was the first stop for William and Kate on Friday as their tour of Australia continues. Royals have been associated with the show since Queen Victoria gave permission in 1890 for the event to use “Royal” in its name.
With arts and crafts and flowers and livestock on show, the country-loving couple were very much at home. As they entered the Cox Pavillion, where a sheep shearing display was under way, a ram with impeccable manners made them smile by welcoming them with a bow – going down on one knee with a little help from his owner, sheep farmer Jim Murray.
The royal couple stroked Fred and fed him some pieces of apple.
“He’s very intelligent. Sheep are highly trainable if they’re treated right. I only found out they wanted him to do this a fortnight ago,” Murray said. “The duke and duchess were very impressed with his size and stature and how soft his wool was.”
The royal couple accepted still more gifts for Prince George, who was very much on their minds. At a root vegetable stand, Kate told preserve maker Diana Lisle that George is particularly fond of sweet potatoes.
A keen photographer, Kate also paid special attention to the pavilion’s photo display, stopping to view the winning snapshot, a black-and-white image of Florence taken by Chris Carter.
She told Alison Renwick that she enjoys taking photos and painting and drawing. “She was very interested in the crochet and was brought up by her family and grandmother in particular to appreciate crafts,” Renwick said.
“Her passion is photography, and she likes painting and drawing. I asked her if she still found the time to do it and she said, ‘Not very much.’ ”