Duke recalls meeting PM
● William reminds Khan of response when he revealed ambition
The Duke of Cambridge and Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan have reminisced about the ex-test cricketer speaking of his political ambitions more than 20 years ago.
The duke told how everyone laughed at a gathering in Richmondupon-Thames in 1996 when Mr Khan announced his ambition to become prime minister to William and his mother Diana, Princess of Wales.
The former international cricketer was a friend of Diana, who had taken the young William to visit him and his then wife, Jemima Goldsmith.
The pair were reunited yesterday in Pakistan as William and the Duchess of Cambridge met Mr Khan on the second day of their five-day royal tour of the region, at the prime minister’s official home in the capital Islamabad.
Mr Khan recalled a conversation with William about his ambitions of becoming prime minister during their meeting.
On his younger aspirations of becoming a cricketer, Mr Khan said: “I went with my mother to see a test match. My cousin was playing and he scored a century and I told my mother I wanted to be a test cricketer.
“I never realised how difficult it was to eventually become one.
“Similarly, when I told you that I wanted to succeed I didn’t realise it would take me 22 years.”
The duke replied: “Sure. It’s not so easy.”
The duchess, wearing white trousers by the Pakistani designer Maheen Khan and an emerald green tunic by Catherine Walker, said: “You stuck with it.”
The duchess also opted for a navy patterned scarf by local designer Satrangi and earrings by Pakistani jeweller Zeen.
Diana visited a cancer hospital in Lahore as a guest of Mr Khan and his wife Jemima, in May 1997, just three months before the princess died.
William and Kate were also scheduled to attend a private lunch with the prime minister.
Earlier they met with Pakistan’s president Arif Alvi and first lady Samina Alvi.
They were due to end their second day in Pakistan at a reception hosted by Thomas Drew, the British high commissioner to Pakistan.
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