William's county asks him to US for a party
From Elaine Monaghan in Washington
PRINCE WILLIAM has been invited to celebrate the 275th anniversary of an American county named after an earlier Prince William, whose bloodthirsty exploits earned him the nickname “the Butcher.”
Prince William County in Virginia is named after Prince William Augustus, the Prince’s seventh great uncle, who slaughtered Scots at Culloden in 1746.
“We’ve let bygones be bygones,” said Sean Connaughton, the chairman of the county’s board of supervisors, which is responsible for the year-long commemorations planned for 2006.
Prince William Augustus, or the Duke of Cumberland, was an innocent child just 9 when the county was established in 1731 as a British royal colony.
But he earned notoriety for his ferocious quelling of a Jacobite uprising in 1745, when thousands of Scots loyal to Bonnie Prince Charlie were shot and bayonetted, even when in retreat. Thirty Scots were burnt alive in a cottage where they had taken refuge. He suffered only 300 casualties at Culloden while the Scottish rebels lost 2,000 men.
Prince William Augustus never visited the county named in his honour. He never even visited Virginia, where Cumberland County and the Cumberland Gap are also named after him. Fifty-six out of 61 counties established before the American Revolution were named after British royalty or government figures.
History does not offer an encouraging precedent but organisers of the county’s commemorations hope that Clarence House will give the invitation sympathetic consideration and allow Prince William to travel to Virginia. If Prince William agrees to attend the commemorations in 2006 it would be a massive boon for a county in transition from rural obscurity to relative wealth, not least because it might finally overshadow the unpleasant legacy of Lorena Bobbitt, a famous former resident, who made the county famous by slicing off her husband’s penis in 1993.
“He could bring a little class and excitement to Prince William,” said Liz Bahrns, a county spokeswoman who is helping to plan the event. “It’s really hard to get high-profile individuals.”
A local official told The Times: “There are lots of happy girls around here, including my daughter.”
Mr Connaughton, an Irish Catholic by descent, approved the Prince’s invitation, and addressed it to Sir David Manning, the British Ambassador in Washington.
Prince William can anticipate some top-quality Virginian hospitality if he does decide to visit. “They’re starting construction on a $50 million, five-star hotel and conference facility along the Potomac.
“That should be done by the time he comes over,” Mr Connaughton said.
Current Prince William
William, second in line to the throne, spent his gap year with soldiers in Belize and with Raleigh International in Chile
The Prince is pursuing a four-year History of Art MA at St Andrews University
He is considering attending Sandhurst military training college
Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland
Nicknamed “the Butcher” because of his merciless slaughter of all rebels in a 1745 jacobite uprising
Son of King George II, making him the seventh uncle of the current Prince William
Prince William is apparently ignoring a series of e-mails from American socialite Paris Hilton, who's saying she'd like to meet him. She claims Wills is only one of two men she has wanted, but not "gotten." Meanwhile, palace insiders say Prince Charles warned besotted Prince Harry, 20, to cool his hot romance with South African beauty Chelsy Davy, 19, (who's telling friends she wants to marry Harry) after the pair slipped away from his bodyguards and tore off in a speedboat to a deserted Mozambique island for a day of fun in the sun. Charles told his son: "Be careful, the last thing this family needs now is a pregnancy scandal!"
PREDICTION: Paris gets a polite brush-off from Wills. Harry's romance doesn't last; Chelsy's too controlling.
Just some1 read this? I hope some1 can translate, i do that but i don't have time. SORRY!
Príncipe William termina pololeo con su compañera de departamento Fecha edición: 23-11-2004
El príncipe William de Inglaterra (22) finalizó su pololeo de casi un año con Kate Middleton (21), la joven con quien compartía departamento en la Universidad de St. Andrews, en Escocia, luego de protagonizar varias discusiones, según informó el semanario británico The Mail on Sunday. La pareja, agrega la publicación, decidió "enfriar la relación" para concentrarse en los exámenes finales, que parten en enero.
Además, el joven heredero a la Corona Británica le habría dicho a su ex que tras las pruebas académicas, a fines de mayo, desea tomarse un mes para viajar solo, posiblemente a Kenia. Allí visitaría a su amiga Jecca Craig, cuya familia tiene en ese país una reserva natural.
Amigos del príncipe señalaron que los jóvenes venían teniendo problemas desde mediados de año, cuando William partió de viaje con un grupo de amigos a Grecia. Después de varias discusiones le habría expresado a la joven estudiante de arte que deseaba terminar, ya que se sentía "encerrado" y necesitaba pensar en su futuro.
Tras la ruptura, la trigueña Kate Middleton habría decidido mudarse del departamento que compartía con William y otro amigo. Según contó un cercano al heredero, éste sentía que el pololeo se había vuelto aburrido y pensaba que él y Middelton eran mejores amigos que pareja.
Recientemente, el príncipe no sólo ha sido vinculado a Jecca Craig, sino que también a la estadounidense Anna Sloan (21), una rica heredera a quien fue a ver a su rancho en Texas, después de sus vacaciones en Grecia. El siempre ha estado interesado, pero ella ya lo rechazó una vez, asegura The Mail on Sunday.
Prince William finishes pololeo with his companion of department
Prince William of England (22) almost finalized his pololeo of a year with Kate Middleton (21), the young person with whom shared department in the University of St. Andrews, in Scotland, after carrying out several discussions, according to informed the British weekly magazine The Mail on Sunday. The pair, adds the publication, decided "to cool the relation" to concentrate itself in the final examinations, that start off in January. In addition, the young heir to British Corona would have said to him to his ex- ones that after the academic tests, by the end of May, a month wishes to take itself to travel single, possibly to Kenya. There he would visit his friend Jecca Craig, whose family has in that country a natural reserve. Friends of the prince indicated that the young people came having problems from mid year, when William left from trip with a group from friends for Greece. After several discussions he would have expressed the young student to him of art that wished to finish, since it felt "locked up" and it needed to think about his future. After the rupture, the dark-skinned Kate Middleton would have decided to change itself of the department that shared with William and another friend. According to it counted a near one the heir, this one felt that the pololeo had become boring and thought that he and Middelton were better friends than even. Recently, the prince has not only been tie to Jecca Craig, but that also to the American Anna Sloan (21), a rich heiress whom went to see her farm in Texas, after its vacations in Greece. Always been she has interested, but it already rejected it once, assures The Mail on Sunday.
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Prince William riding (C) Monday 03 January 2005, with the Beaufort Hunt which is based near Tetbury in Gloucestershire, close to the Highgrove home of his father, the Prince of Wales. It is just six weeks before the ban on hunting with hounds comes into effect
look i am well experienced in reading into men... like although william is down to earth he still must have ego problems... i think when he finds the right girl he will know because they will just feel right...
most guys dont want the girls that chase the guys... i think he will be the one doing the chasing... paris would have had a better chance if she didnt spill the beans on liking will and also pretending he wasnt that important then mabye he would have wanted to know her...
i think the whole media circus ruined that... guys like to be private especially princes
Wills and Harry lend a hand packing relief supplies
Clutching a packet of loo paper, Prince William showed that he was very much a hands-on royal as he and his brother Harry helped process relief supplies destined for the tsunami-ravaged Maldives at a Red Cross depot on Friday.
Having helped pack the supplies into boxes, the St Andrews student also got to test a skill he’s probably had little cause to call upon in the past – that of palette-shunting.
The Queen's elder grandson was snapped manoeuvring palettes piled high with sealed cartons of relief material in and out of the Bristol warehouse.
1. The brothers proved very much hands-on royals
2. Having helped pack the supplies into boxes, Wills gets to practise a skill he has presumably had little call for in the past - that of palette shunting
3. The St Andrews student proved himself a dab hand at manoeuvring the tons of supplies around
4. Charles' elder son was obviously relishing the opportunity to do his bit for the aid efforts
Will Harry cause William to take another gap year?
By JASON LEWIS, Mail on Sunday 15:44pm 6th February 2005
Prince William is refusing to decide what he will do after leaving university, raising speculation he is planning to disappear on an extended holiday.
The 22-year-old Prince, currently studying for his final exams at St Andrews University, had been expected to go straight to Sandhurst to begin training as an Army officer.
However, it has become clear that he is increasingly anxious to delay his arrival at the military academy - largely, friends say, because of Prince Harry.
His younger brother is due to enter Sandhurst in a couple of months' time, and William is reluctant to join so soon afterwards, when he would be a junior officer to Harry.
Buckingham Palace last night said William was too preoccupied by revising for the exams for his geography degree to make decisions about his future.
Officials described reports that he was to take another gap year as mere 'speculation', and denied claims he was refusing to undertake public engagements.
However, William's disinclination to commit himself to the Army will be unwelcome to courtiers, who are already anxious-that junior Royals are appearing to be workshy.
Concerns over unfavourable publicity
They are concerned that Harry attracts unfavourable publicity because of his playboy antics, as does his 44-year-old uncle, Prince Andrew, who was last week castigated by MPs for his profligate use of helicopters to take short journeys.
A friend of William's told The Mail on Sunday: "William is adamant he wants to take some time out when he graduates. He doesn't want to be pinned down to making any definite commitments about his future.
"He has said he wants to travel for a couple of months at least and has confided that he would love to go back to Kenya, where he spent time during his gap year between Eton and university working on a wildlife reserve.
"The pressure of knowing he will one day be King weighs very heavily on him, so he thinks that while he's in the prime of his youth he should be allowed to do everything he could possibly want."
As well as inviting questions about William's commitment to public life, any decision by him to depart on another gap year will expose Royal finances to further scrutiny.
The Prince's holiday would be funded by his father's estate, the Duchy of Cornwall, which is already the subject of an inquiry by a powerful committee of MPs, investigating whether the £500 million Duchy is funding the lavish lifestyles of Prince Charles's circle, including Camilla Parker Bowles.
But last night a Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "William is still at university and will not be making any plans about his future until after he completes his exams in June. He is working very hard on his studies and revising for his finals. Any thoughts about what he will do on completing his studies are being pushed to the back of his mind."
Asked whether the Prince was planning to decline Royal engagements, the spokesman said this too was "pure speculation". He added: "William has already done some public engagements and it is likely this will continue.