It's Farmer Bill! Prince William plans to take up farming


Britain's Prince William is to take up farming.

The 31-year-old royal is set to take on the agricultural work on some of the estates owned by the Duchy of Cornwall ? which he’ll eventually inherit form his father, Prince Charles, to provide him with an income ? in southwest England.

An aide to Prince William told the Sunday Express newspaper he’ll be "gaining a closer understanding" of the workings of the duchy (territory owned by a duke) in the next 12 months.

William ? who recently announced his decision to quit military service to become a full-time royal ? will work on farms in Devon, Somerset and Herefordshire.

However, the work will not be his first taste of agricultural graft as the Duke of Cambridge previously visited the Isle of Berneray in the Outer Hebrides, off the west coast of mainland Scotland, where he dipped sheep, planted potatoes and cut peat.

Selina Scott, who made a documentary about the land mass, said afterwards, "He was just part of the family when he sat down to eat lamb with Donald and his wife, Gloria. He slept in the bed Gloria had prepared for him even though the cat had slept on it ? and he didn't like cats."

As well as farms in Cornwall and a total of about 54 000 hectares of land in southwest England, the duchy also owns several properties in London including the Oval cricket ground. -Bang Showbiz Share your thoughts:

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