Kate and William’s royal trip in doubt – ‘Australia has more pressing concerns’

Kate and Prince William are in talks with the Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, over a possible tour to the country, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. The newspaper claimed royal fans should be expecting an announcement regarding a tour to Australia as soon as this week. 

However, a source cast doubts over whether this upcoming tour will be announced due to the terrible wildfires that have hit Australia.

Speaking to Hello! magazine, the unnamed source said palace officials are “very conscious that the Australian government and people have an awful lot on their plate which is more pressing”.

Kensington Palace told it won’t comment on the source’s claim.

Kate and William’s visit would come at a delicate moment for Australia, after it was savaged by months-long bushfires, which have so far killed 33 people and millions of animals. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge previously spoke about the devastation left behind by the bushfires in a heartfelt Instagram post.

Kate and William’s statement read: “We continue to be shocked and deeply saddened to hear about the 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.

“We send our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who have tragically lost their lives, and the brave firefighters who continue to risk their own lives to save the lives of others.”

The royal visit, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, would see Kate and Prince William visiting New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, in a bid to comfort those hit by the fires and boost tourism in the country.

The trip would mark Prince William’s fifth visit to Australia and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first tour Down Under since 2014.

Kate and William also took little Prince George, who was only eight months old at the time, with them on their joint tour to Australia.

Kate and William aren’t the only members of the Royal Family who have voiced their dismay and sadness at news of the bushfires.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle urged their fans to donate to the NSW Rural Fire Service and the Red Cross Australia in an emotional Instagram post last month.

Speaking of an “ecocide”, Meghan and Harry said: “From areas we are personally connected to such as the communities and people we visited in New South Wales in 2018, to the fires in California and parts of Africa, we are struck by the increasingly overlapping presence of these environmental disasters, including of course the destruction of the Amazon which continues. 

“This global environmental crisis has now been described as Ecocide.

“It’s easy to feel helpless, but there’s always a way to help.”

The Queen and Prince Philip and Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, also issued their message of solidarities to Australia. 

The Prince of Wales appeared in a video message, where he spoke of his despair at the “appalling horror” of the bushfires.

He added that both he and the Duchess of Cornwall were thinking of the “remarkable, courageous, determined firefighters who have done much and worked ceaselessly to exhaustion.”

Prince Charles also said she knows resilient Australians will “find a way to face it all and win through.”    

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