So, what’s a Duchess and her Duke/Prince husband to do in the wake of an embarrassing naked photo scandal? Well, first she settles down for a spot of relaxing tea in Kuala Lampur and then she heads off to climb a 130 ft. tree in the Malaysian rainforest, of course. Wills and Kate seemed (mostly) to have put behind the photo scandal (at least for a little while) so that they could enjoy themselves as they continue their continuing world tour in celebration of Queen Elizabeth‘s Diamond Jubilee. Click below to see a few cute photos of Wills and Kate looking as happy as can be (mostly) as they climbed a massive tree in Borneo.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had a chance today to forget for a little while the furore surrounding the topless pictures taken of her.
The royal couple visited a rainforest in Borneo and enjoyed the high life – by being hoisted up a 130ft rainforest tree by ropes and walking along a 300-metre long canopy bridge. Kate joked: ‘I’m going to go “whee” and fly the way up.’ William and Kate toured the Danum Valley research centre in Sabah, one of the two States that make up the Malaysian part of Borneo. They arrived from Kota Kinabalu by helicopter on a flight which saw them take in spectacular views of the Imbak Canyon and the Maliau Basin, which is famous for its seven-tier waterfall. While her outfits on the tour have so far have included designs by Alexander McQueen, Erdem and Alice Temperley, the Duchess was dressed for the jungle in slim-cut beige jeans and a plaited brown leather belt, sturdy walking boots and a sheer green blouse over a black t-shirt. She saw at first hand the conservation work of the Royal Society, of which the Duke is a fellow. It carries out world renowned research on the impact of deforestation. High-level corruption has been blamed for the destruction of the rainforests which have been turned into oil palm plantations because of continuous logging. Less than 4 per cent of forest remains in Sabah despite the efforts of the Royal Society … Tengku Adlin, a Malaysian prince … said: ‘They enjoyed it immensely, they asked lots of questions about primates, birds and insects, and Kate was taking a lot of photos.’ On arriving at the field centre, the couple attended a short briefing with a group of Malaysian and British scientists, including Dr Glen Reynolds, the director of the Royal Society’s South East Asia research programme, which explores the impact of deforestation in the region and Dr Owen Lewis from Oxford University. They were then fitted with special harnesses and helmets in a private room before being hoisted 42 metres up into a giant parashorea tomentella tree … As they waited in their harnesses at the base of the tree, the Duke looked at his wife and quipped: ‘Girls don’t have the same wardrobe malfunctions as men do. ‘I hope I don’t have any wardrobe malfunctions.’ He also added: “It’s not quite as impressive as the Shard. When Dr Reynolds joked: ‘Size isn’t everything,’ the Duke responded: ‘That’s true.’ The Duchess, appearing somewhat apprehensive as she looked upwards at her route of ascent into the jungle canopy, said: ‘I’m going to go “whee” and just fly up.’ Simon Amos, the rope access technician who oversaw their ascent up the tree, said: “It’s the closest anyone will ever get to time travel. ‘What they are seeing is exactly what it would have looked like 150 million years ago as there has never been an ice age here. It is as if time stood still.”
Wow, this sounds like an amazing experience. And, despite the news that more countries are publishing Kate‘s topless photos and there is a possibility of more nude photos to come, this story is weakening by the day … I mean, right? Do people really care that Kate Middleton has breasts like every other woman on Earth? There will still be chatter about those photos … chatter that may perk up if other photos come to light but I’m convinced that some time very soon, this story will be beyond passé. At least Wills and Kate have a very bizzy schedule to keep them preoccupied while the scandal dies down. It looks like they’re having fun, too, so … good for them!