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William catches up with Imran Khan on tour

The Duke of Cambridge and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan have reminisced about the ex-Test cricketer speaking of his political ambitions more than 20 years ago.

Prince William told how everyone laughed at a gathering in Richmond-upon-Thames, in London, in 1996 when Khan announced his ambition of becoming prime minister to William and his mother Diana, Princess of Wales.

The former international cricketer was a friend of Diana, who had taken the young duke to visit him and his then wife, Jemima Goldsmith,

The pair were reunited in on Tuesday in Pakistan as William and the Duchess of Cambridge met Khan on the second day of their five-day royal tour of the region, at the prime minister's official home in the capital, Islamabad.

William and Kate are the first royals to visit the Commonwealth country during Khan's premiership following his election in 2018.

Khan recalled a conversation with William about his ambitions of becoming prime minister during their meeting.

On his younger aspirations of becoming a cricketer, Khan said: "When I went with my mother to see a Test match.

"My cousin was playing and he scored a century and I told my mother I wanted to be a Test cricketer.

"I never realised how difficult it was to eventually become one.

"Similarly, when I told you that I wanted to succeed I didn't realise it would take me 22 years."

The duke replied: "Sure. It's not so easy."

Kate, wearing white trousers by the Pakistani designer Maheen Khan, an emerald green tunic by Catherine Walker, said: "You stuck with it."

The duchess also opted by a navy patterned scarf by another local designer and earrings by Zeen.

Diana, a hugely popular figure in Pakistan, visited Pakistan several times in the 1990s and helped Khan raise money for a cancer hospital.

She the hospital in Lahore as a guest of Khan and his then wife, Jemima Goldsmith, in May 1997 - just three months before she died.

William and Kate were also due to attend a private lunch with the prime minister.

Earlier on Tuesday, William and Kate met students at an Islamabad Model College for Girls, discussing education with a group of older students and visiting the classrooms of younger students.

The royal couple also toured a national park in the capital Islamabad before meeting President Arif Alvi and first lady Samina Alvi.

The trip, which focuses on climate change and access to education, has been described by palace officials as the most complex the couple have undertaken due to security issues.

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