When asked about his future plans, the royal plays it coy

By Simon Perry
January 19, 2010 05:00 PM
Michael Dunlea/AP

For many people following the romantic progress of Prince William around the world, it is a question begging to be asked: “When are you getting married?”

On Tuesday, an elderly aboriginal woman called out exactly that while the prince was visiting a community center in Sydney, Australia. His answer? “As I keep saying,” he said, “wait and see.”

William, who has been dating Kate Middleton, 28, on-and-off for more than seven years, was on his first day of a visit to Australia following three days in New Zealand.

Last week, Middleton supported her longtime beau by attending his graduation from the Defence Helicopter Flying School at Royal Air Force Shawbury. During the ceremony, she rose to her feet to applaud as William took his place among the honorees.
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Another woman close to William’s, and the crowds’ hearts, outside the Redfern Community Centre, was Princess Diana. William spent a few precious moments talking to a grandmother in the 1,000-strong crowd who showed him a photograph of her daughter and granddaughter meeting his late mother Diana.

Later, William read a story to some youngsters, played a bowling game on a Wii system and showed his skills at ping-pong.

The British royal has gotten a warm welcome in Australia. The Daily Telegraph splashed its front page with a picture of a laughing prince reading to the youngsters in the community center with the headline, “King of the Kids.”
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Earlier, in the day he’d been welcomed to a small outside stage by the sound of a didgeridoo and a man burning some cleansing eucalyptus leaves on a bark tray. A dance troup performed an act called ‘Welcome and Farewell’ from the Wakka Wakka area of south Queensland.

“Welcome to aboriginal land, one of 29 that make up the Eora nation,” Charles ‘Chikka’ Madden told the prince. “I’d like to thank Prince William for coming to the block today for this great occasion with our aboriginal brothers and sisters and non-aboriginal brothers and sisters. The block has produced a lot of positive things for Redfern. Redfern’s not a bad place that people make it out to be. ”

Aides say that William was keen to see the work that is done there as it tries to improve the lives of young people – something that mirrors charities he supports in the U.K.