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Prince William reveals he and Kate are 'very keen' to start a family

PRINCE William has spoken of his and Kate's desire to start a family, in a revealing interview which also discussed his late mother Diana.

The young royal said that he and Kate were "very keen" to have children.

His glamourous wife, meanwhile, has sparked a fashion frenzy by wearing the same outfit to a royal event in the space of just two weeks.

Kate Middleton, dubbed "High Street Kate", proved she's not above recycling her immaculate wardrobe by rewearing a €1,500 Emilia Wickstead dress.

Kate teamed the pastel pink dress at the Diamond Jubilee garden party yesterday with a pink hat and her favourite LK Bennett nude heels.

She wore the same dress for the Royal Sovereign's lunch at Windsor Castle just two weeks ago.

Kate is no stranger to recycling her impressive wardrobe but this is the shortest time frame that an outfit has ever made a reappearance.

Last year, self-styled fashion guru Kelly Osbourne slammed the royal for recycling her clothes.

"I'm sorry, but if I had that job I would only wear it once," Osbourne previously said.

"If I am going to be the future bloody Queen of England I'm going to wear that dress once because I'm giving up the rest of my life, all of my privacy. At least I can get a new dress every day!"

But Kate could be swapping her figure-hugging wardrobe for maternity clothes soon.

In a revealing interview, William said he was still deciding if he would take another tour with the Royal Air Force, or leave to assume full-time royal duties.

Discussing it with ABC broadcaster Katie Couric, he said: "I'm still trying to decide. It's a really difficult one because I really enjoy my time in the Air Force and I'd love to continue it.

"But the pressures of my other life are building. And fighting them off, or balancing the two of them, has proven quite difficult.

"More importantly, I'd rather like to have children. So that's the key thing really."

When asked by Couric how he felt about his family planning making headlines around the world, William added: "It is quite strange reading about it, but I try not to let it bother me.

"But I'm just very keen to have a family and both Catherine and I are looking forward to having a family in the future."

William also spoke about marrying without his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, being present.

Diana was killed in a Paris car crash in 1997, four years before William met Kate at St Andrews University where they both studied.

Discussing his mother's absence from last April's glittering Westminster Abbey ceremony, the duke said: "It was very difficult. It's the one time since she's died, where I've thought to myself it would be fantastic if she was here.

"And just how sad really for her, more than anything, not being able to see it. Because I think she would have loved the day and I think, hopefully, she'd be very proud of us both for the day."

William said he looked to the example of his grandfather Prince Philip for help with married life.

He said: "I wouldn't say I've taken notes as such but I've seen sort of how a partnership, if you like, in business and in private time, can evolve and how it can help each other."

Britain is now set for a four-day bank holiday weekend to mark Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee.

She came to the throne aged 25 after the death of her father George VI in 1952 and has remained a pivotal figure in British life.

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