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William and Kate could be asked to spend more time in Scotland as part of plans allegedly made to save the union.

A Sunday Times article says the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would spend more time in Balmoral and in the town of St Andrews where they met at university.

The plans, drawn up by palace officials, come as the dispute over Scottish independence is intensifying after the Scottish National Party’s victory in last month’s election.

SNP leader and Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon has repeatedly stated that she wants a second referendum, after the last one in September 2014 saw the cause of independence defeated.

But Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the UK should focus on recovering from COVID-19.

According to the newspaper, some royals fear politicians ‘lose Scotland’ – and officials believe the couple could serve as ‘a visible symbol of England-Scotland ties’.

A source said: “The advisers want William and Kate to be a lot more at Balmoral and build on their connection to St Andrews. They want them to look not like visitors but like residents.”

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William and Kate recently toured Scotland, where William spoke about how “so important” the country is to him and his wife.

He described it as “lively, friendly, innovative and determined”, also stating: “I am shaped by this place.

“The constant affection I feel for her is rooted in my experience of her daily life in people, relationships and her good neighbor ethic.”

During the tour, William and Kate met former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who campaigned against independence in the last referendum and now focuses on ‘average Scotland’ – those who have no fixed opinion on the matter.

Mr Brown called this sector of society “patriots and not nationalists” who want to greater cooperation between UK governments.

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This notice was published: 2021-06-06 01:02:00

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