Emma-Lee Sharpe would love to see Prince Harry visit Bundaberg on his Australian trip.
Emma-Lee Sharpe would love to see Prince Harry visit Bundaberg on his Australian trip. Scottie Simmonds

Prince’s trip Down Under

NEWS has travelled fast of Prince William's trip Down Under to visit flood-affected communities towards the end of the month.

But it seems the prince has left Bundaberg off his itinerary, with only Brisbane, the Lockyer Valley and North Queensland on the cards at this stage, leaving many of Bundy's monarchists feeling a little disappointed.

Bundaberg was one of the first regions to become a victim of floodwaters, and residents say it seems only fair that the prince should pay the city a visit.

Bundaberg mayor Lorraine Pyefinch said as soon as the council received word of the prince's visit, they extended an invitation for Prince William to visit.

“This town has hosted Prince Edward and the Duchess of York in the '90s, so we know quite well how to welcome royalty,” she said.

Emma-Lee Sharpe, 15, is a big fan of the royal family and said a visit from the prince would be a great boost for the community.

“It would be great for tourism after the floods and help get money back into the city,” she said.

And it is not just the younger ones who think Bundy deserves a royal visit.

Marion Riedy, 79, said Bundaberg would be an “eye- opener” for the prince, but although she encouraged him to visit the rum city, she said she wouldn't rush out to see him.

“Not at my age – leave it for the younger ones,” she said.

Bundaberg Chamber of Commerce president Dion Taylor said the city would benefit from William's visit.

“It draws attention to the region that's for sure,” he said. “Tell him to bring his grandmother.”

The NewsMail understands Clarence House is yet to confirm his travel plans.

There may be hope in others' misfortune, however, as heavy rains continue to pound the north, the prince may be forced to tweak his schedule.



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