Kate Middleton and Prince William are reportedly set to visit Australia in April in order to help fund-raising efforts for bushfire-ravaged areas. Although Kensington Palace has yet to comment on the news, it is said that the Palace is in talks with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to plan the details of the forthcoming trip.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will likely visit areas that were most impacted from the tragic fires and the itinerary is expected to cover New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.
The Australian bushfires were a cause of global concern as they took the lives of over 1 billion animals and 333 humans and destroyed over 2,000 homes. Australia’s tourism industry also took a hit as a result of the fires, and the loss of tourism revenue came at a time when the country needed the funds to finance the bushfire relief efforts.
The British royal family had expressed their sympathies for the people of Australia in January via social media but the news of a royal visit could potentially offer the tourism boost the country requires to recover from the devastation.
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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 Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Image courtesy of @nytimes / @mattabbottphoto
Watch this space for more news on the potential Australian royal tour…