Royal Family LIVE: UK's secret weapon! Kate & William on new mission to see off SNP threat

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would spend more time at Balmoral and strengthen ties with their former university town of St Andrews if the proposals go ahead, according to the Sunday Times. The reports come after Kate and William charmed Scotland during their recent royal tour north of the border.

Meanwhile, the push for Scottish independence has ramped up after Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP party’s victory in the Holyrood election in May.

The Cambridges held a meeting with Gordon Brown, who has recently launched a renewed campaign to save the Union, on the final day of their visit.

The couple sat down for talks with the former Prime Minister and his wife Sarah at the Queen’s official Edinburgh residence, the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

During the trip the Duke also met the First Minister as well as Alistair Carmichael, Liberal Democrat MP for Orkney and Shetland.

William said the country was “so important” to him and Kate as he delivered a highly personal farewell speech as their tour came to a close.

Speaking in Edinburgh at the closing ceremony of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, William said: “These people make Scotland the vibrant, friendly, innovative and determined place Catherine and I love, and is so important to us.”

The Duke, who is the assembly’s Lord High Commissioner, added: “I’m shaped by this place.

“The abiding affection I feel for it is rooted in my experience of its everyday life in people, relationships, and its ethic of neighbourliness.”

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