Buckingham Palace ‘makes plans for WIll and Kate to spend more time in Balmoral’

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge may be asked to spend more time in Scotland under plans allegedly drawn up by palace officials to strengthen the Union.

Kate and William are said to be spending more time in Balmoral, according to the Sunday Times, in light of growing support for Scottish independence following the Scottish National Party’s landslide victory in Holyrood elections last month.

The pair would also strengthen ties with their former college town of St Andrews if the proposals go through, the report said.

The report comes just days after the couple’s tour of Scotland, in which William said the country was “so important” to himself and his wife.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (pictured May 27 on a visit to Scotland) may be asked to spend more time in Scotland under plans reportedly drawn up by palace officials to strengthen the Union

On the last day of their visit, William and Kate met Gordon Brown, who has recently launched a renewed campaign to save the Union.

The pair sat down for talks with the former Prime Minister and his wife Sarah at the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh.

William later delivered a very personal farewell speech as his week-long tour drew to a close, describing how Scotland “shaped” him and praising his people and values.

The debate over Scottish independence has intensified after the Scottish National Party’s landslide victory in the Holyrood elections in May, which also saw the largest pro-independence majority in parliament in the history of devolution.

Boris Johnson has stuck to his pre-election position ever since, saying the focus should be on recovering from Covid-19 and not on another independence referendum.

Last month a spokesman for Kensington Palace said: “During his stay in Scotland, Prince William has spoken with a wide range of people from different communities, including politicians from across the political spectrum.”

Kate and William would spend more time in Balmoral and strengthen ties with their former university town of St Andrews if the proposals go through, according to the Sunday Times

Kate and William would spend more time in Balmoral and strengthen ties with their former university town of St Andrews if the proposals go through, according to the Sunday Times

The report comes just days after the couple's tour of Scotland, in which William said the country was

The report comes just days after the couple’s tour of Scotland, in which William said the country was “so important” to himself and his wife.

The Duke sat down for talks with Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon and also met Alistair Carmichael, Liberal Democrat MP for Orkney and Shetland.

Shortly after the Holyrood election, Brown announced his think tank Our Scottish Future, which will become a ‘campaign movement’ that will appeal to ‘central Scotland’, those who are not entrenched in their views on union or independence.

Mr Brown, who played a key role in the No campaign during the 2014 vote, has said the people of central Scotland are ‘patriots not nationalists’ who want to see more cooperation between UK governments.

The feud over Scottish independence has intensified after the Scottish National Party's landslide victory in Holyrood elections in May

The feud over Scottish independence has intensified after the Scottish National Party’s landslide victory in Holyrood elections in May

Ahead of the Scottish independence referendum in 2014, the Queen said she hoped voters would “think very carefully about the future”.

Ahead of the Queen’s reported comment, Buckingham Palace had issued a statement, following speculation that she was increasingly concerned about Scotland’s tearing down, saying any suggestion the monarch might want to influence the referendum’s outcome is “categorically wrong” used to be.

Speaking in Edinburgh at the Closing Ceremony of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, William said of some of the memorable individuals he had met: ‘These people make Scotland the vibrant, friendly, innovative and determined place Catherine and I love , and it’s so important to us.’

The Duke, the Lord High Commissioner of the meeting, added: ‘I am shaped by this place. The enduring affection I feel for her is rooted in my experience of everyday life in people, relationships, and her ethic of charity.”

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were reprimanded after their visit from Alex Salmond, who demanded that William stay out of the fight to keep the United Kingdom together.

The separatist former Prime Minister of Scotland said it would be “foolish” for Prince William to become embroiled in the spat over the country’s future after meeting Gordon Brown, one of the leaders of the pro-union camp that formed the country in 2014 Scottish independence referendum won. .

Mr Salmond, who was Prime Minister when the vote on Scotland’s place in the UK took place, accused pro-British leaders of ‘unscrupulous union despair’ by trying to recruit the royal family to campaign for the union.

But his bizarre rant came after William met other politicians during his visit, including his SNP successor Nicola Sturgeon.

The current prime minister is demanding a new referendum after the SNP returned as the largest party in Holyrood in elections three weeks ago.

Mr Salmond, who now heads the fringe Alba party, said: ‘Whatever Prince William thought he was doing by agreeing to a confab with Gordon Brown just as he was setting up his last campaign for the union… meeting, union preparation to try to convince a constitutional monarchy to intervene in a constitutional debate that should be left to the people.’

He added: ‘It would be very wise for the royal family to follow the example of the Queen during her long reign, to keep the monarchy above politics, and it would be foolish to have a situation where it can be said that the monarchy is involved in the Scottish constitutional debate.’

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