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William wants to buy a 'second home' in Australia

world Updated: Jan 21, 2010 13:48 IST
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Prince William, currently touring Australia on behalf of Britain's Queen, has expressed his desire to buy a "second home" in Sydney.

"It's been a terrific couple of days and, because of that, I have joked I might actually try to buy a house in Sydney. So if anyone has got any properties for sale, please let me know," the media quoted William as saying on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old second-in-line to the British throne, in fact, said these during an interaction as he was treated to one of Australia's favourite pastimes -- a barbeque -- in the picturesque surroundings of the Botanic Gardens in Sydney.

A hand-picked list of young Australians, including sports stars, actors, lifesavers, emergency service staff, and the New South Wales Premier Kristina Keneally were present at the interactive session.

With a spectacular view of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge behind him, William said he had fallen in love with their city. "I have had the most warm welcome ever -- not just with the weather but all Sydney people. Thank you so, so much," he was quoted as saying.

Prince William also took a 45-minute power boat ride around the Sydney harbour before boarding another boat with family friend and former Equerry to the Queen Mother, Edward Dawson-Damer.

William, who last visited Australia as a baby in 1983 accompanied by his parents Prince Charles and Princess Diana, arrived in Sydney on Tuesday for a three-day trip, following a visit to New Zealand, where he opened the nation's new Supreme Court building in capital Wellington.