Royal commentator explains Prince William’s love for Kenya

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Prince William is wearing the uniform of a flight lieutenant. Photo: Robert Payne (CC BY 2.0)

Duncan Larcombe has been explaining why Kenya has a special place in Prince William’s heart in the latest episode of Yahoo’s The Royal Box.

Explaining the royal’s love for the East African country, the royal commentator said: “William spent a long time, when he was on his gap year, at Lewa Downs in Kenya.

“It’s a pretty amazing place. Let’s look at the pattern here – where do the royals go?

“They go to places where they can be anonymous and that’s as close as they can be to being normal.”

William opened up about his love for the continent during a speech at the Royal African Society in 2018.

“I first fell in love with Africa when I spent time in Kenya, Botswana and Tanzania as a teenager,” the Prince said.

“I was captivated and have been hankering to get back as often as possible ever since.”

Kenya is also where he proposed to his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, in 2010.

Prince William said Kenya was the perfect backdrop as he had wanted his proposal to really “mean something”.

“I regularly daydream. Africa is definitely one of the places I go to,”” he added.

“It does completely settle me down. [Kate] understands what it means to me being in Africa, and my love of conservation.

“I didn’t really plan it that far in advance. I just knew I wanted it to feel comfortable where I did it.”

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