Duke re­calls meet­ing PM

● Wil­liam re­minds Khan of re­sponse when he re­vealed am­bi­tion

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY EMMA BOW­DEN

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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