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Australia rejects role for Prince William

June 30, 2007 at 1:22 PM   |   Comments

CANBERRA, Australia, June 30 (UPI) -- Australia's political leaders have decided British Prince William isn't suited to serve as the country's governor-general, it was reported Saturday.

"He's 25 years old. I think it would be party, party, party," said Kevin Rudd, the popular opposition Labor Party leader who is predicted to win this year's general election.

Rudd said Friday he feared Prince William would turn Yarralumla, the historic governor-general's residence in Canberra, into a party palace, The Times of London reported.

Tina Brown, the author of "The Diana Chronicles," said she discovered Prince William harbors ambitions to be governor-general, as did his father, Prince Charles.

"Charles really wanted the job," Brown said, "because he saw it as a way to get the hell out of the grip of Prince Philip and the queen."

The governor-general acts as head of state and commander-in-chief of the Australian Defense Forces.

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