Duke and Duchess of Cambridge get 'right into' Queenstown jet boat ride

The pilot of the jet boat who took the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for a ride in New Zealand today said they were 'right into it'.

Mr Paton said the ride, which took the royals inches from the sides of a steep canyon, then swerving away before they hit the sides, did not seem to 'faze' Prince William 'at all'.

"They didn't even get too wet, there was just a little bit of spray," he said.

Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge enjoy a jet boat ride on the Shotover River in Queenstown.
Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge enjoy a jet boat ride on the Shotover River in Queenstown. Credit: REUTERS/Phil Noble

Joelle Healey, a teacher who accompanied schoolchildren from a nearby primary school to meet the royals, said the Duchess had told her 'she loved' the boat ride and 'would recommend it to anyone'.

As the couple spoke to the children, Prince William said: "Have you been on the boat? When they said it was fast I didn't realise it was quite that fast! It got really close to the rocks."

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wearing buoyancy vests before taking a jet boat ride.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wearing buoyancy vests before taking a jet boat ride. Credit: REUTERS/Phil Noble

Passengers who are pregnant are advised against going on the boat ride if they are pregnant - casting doubt over speculation a 'hint' dropped Prince William may mean the royals are expecting a sibling for Prince George.

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