If it's good enough for Wills and Kate - Respected and non-Murdoch-funded publication The Daily Fail (edited by Rebekah Crooks) has been following the much-loved couple, the Duchess of Scambridge and Duke of Can-we-jump-off-the-Bridge, on their first 'royal' tour of Vietnam.
After two weeks travelling north through the country, including an
overnight visit to a family devestated by deforestation in Cuc Phuong
National Park - a trip the pair requested making themselves - the
handsome Prince surprised the Duchess of Wails with a secret boat trip
off Cat Ba Island, south of Halong Bay. The couple, proving they
aren't too posh to push, left their security patrol behind and set off
in a kayak to Moody Beach, nestled in the beautiful Lan Ha Bay.
Nicola was dressed by Kathmandu in a fetching grey short and orange
vest combination topped with a grey hat with purple rim. Her mystery
overseas stylist (rumoured to be a night market stall in Bali)
succeeded once again, as she soon changed into a bright pink sarong
and pink sunglasses "hand-made" by a local, Mr R Ban. Not to be
outdone by the smiling princess, James was casually dressed in a North
Face shirt, O'Neill boardshorts, black Havainas and timepiece by Casio.
Despite their tiring kayak trip on the emerald sea through the
limestone pinnacles, on arrival the couple enthusiastically donned
their rock climbing harnesses and spent the afternoon "romancing the
stone". After four hours on the rock, the couple boarded a traditional
Vietnamese junk boat to sail back through the Bay and admire the
The next day - again dressed carefully in their activity gear with
matching Soloman walking shoes - the couple stretched out their
muscles with a hike to the Watchtower Summit to admire the Cat Ba
National Park horizon. With great relish, the British pair enjoyed a
shoulder massage back in town, before sharing a joke or two with new friends as they tried the locally brewed Bia Hoi. Unconfirmed reports also suggest Nicola may have hugged a local baby or two.
A spokesperson from Kennington Palace said: "This isn't a couple who
just want campfires and goat steaks on their trip. The great Vietnamese sunshine came through for the couple and - thanks to the hospitality of Slo Pony Adventures - they were able to make new memories for themselves, as well as all those who had the fortune to meet them on the way. They have had a fantastic time and look forward to the final leg of their Vietnam tour."
The couple will now travel back to Hanoi before boarding a 12-hour
overnight train to the Northern Highlands.
Oh, and we should also probably mention Princess Diana and immigration
at some point.