Prince William Retraces Mother’s Steps in Asia

The British royal is on an official trip to Japan and China

The prince is traveling without his wife, Duchess Kate, who is expecting the couple’s second child in April.

Prince William Strikes a Friendly Contrast to Japan's Prince

“Over 100,000 people turned out to see her,” Patrick Jephson, Diana’s former private secretary, told ABC News.

“A few years before that she went with Prince Charles,” Jephson said. “Both visits very successful. Both very influential.”

“When I was younger, I dreamed of being an astronaut, but I also wanted to be a policeman or a fire-breather. That might have been a bit alternative,” said William, who instead chose a career as a helicopter pilot.

On the eve of William’s arrival, however, China surprisingly announced that it will ban the import of elephant ivory products for one year, a change for which the prince has been advocating for years.

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