Royal's shock visit to Australia

It’s been a bumper few years of royal trips Down Under, with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle making a splash in Australia this time last year and Prince William and Kate Middleton bringing Prince George to our fair shores in April 2014.

But another royal has touched down on Aussie soil without much fanfare at all.

The Queen’s youngest son, Prince Edward, is set to drop by Wollongong tomorrow to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award – Australia, according to the Illawarra Mercury.

Prince Edward on the royal balcony
Prince Edward has landed Down Under. Photo: Getty Images

The Earl of Wessex has been on a trip to Malaysia, where he met with Malaysian youth leaders and athletes taking part in the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

It’s not known how long the Earl is planning on staying in Australia but it’s clear he plans on slipping in without much of a parade.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex visits The Wild Place Project at Bristol Zoo on July 23, 2019 in Bristol, England.
The Earl has been in Malaysia for the past few days. Photo: Getty Images

His trip is a stark contrast to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s visit to Australia last year, where they announced that Meghan Markle was pregnant with the couple’s first child.

The country was thrown into royal mania when they lovingly gazed at each other while sitting on Bondi Beach, patted a koala at Taronga Zoo and appeared onstage at the closing night of the Invictus Games.

Prince Edward, Duke of Wessex and Sophie, Countess of Wessex pose for photographs ahead their 20th wedding anniversary
Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie Wessex, lead a relatively private life. Photo: Getty Images

Prince Edward meanwhile prefers a more private approach to his royal duties and recently celebrated his 20th wedding anniversary with his wife, Sophie Wessex.

The couple even refused to kiss on the royal balcony after their wedding, telling the public and the media that it was a private event.

He’s also said to have pleaded personally with UK media to let him and Sophie live a private life, unlike Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who released an official statement through Buckingham Palace.

However, it was recently claimed that he may be given more responsibility when his father, Prince Philip passes away, as he will be bestowed with his title and then become the Duke of Edinburgh.

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