William and Kate are coming to Australia
Prince William and Kate Middleton are heading to Australia to tour bushfire-ravaged coastal towns, according to reports.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, talks have been underway between the federal government and Kensington Palace for weeks, with an official invitation from Prime Minister Scott Morrison expected in the coming days.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were among the many royals - including the Queen and Prince Philip and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle - who issued personal statements last month expressing their sympathies at the devastating bushfire crisis in Australia.
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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
It's understood their tour will include Victoria and New South Wales, but no details have yet been confirmed.
It's hoped the popular high-profile royal couple's visit will help provide a significant international fundraising boost for the recovery effort.
Prince William visited the flood damaged areas of Queensland and Victoria in March 2011, while Prince George accompanied the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in April 2014.
Our followers in Australia can find out the latest information on the fires by following the accounts on this list👇https://t.co/4fB5iGYSFr— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) January 2, 2020
As the devastating fires continue our thoughts remain with those impacted and those working heroically to fight them.
William also made it to New Zealand in April last year in the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque shootings.
The Duke of Cambridge's first visit to Australia was when he was nine months old when he joined Prince Charles and Diana's official tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1983.
More to come.