William, Kate to visit bushfire-hit towns

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Picture: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images
Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Picture: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

PRINCE William and his wife Catherine are preparing to visit bushfire-ravaged Australian towns.

Scott Morrison is expected to issue the formal invitation for the royal visit later this week.

The Australian government has been in discussions with Kensington Palace about the bushfire tour.

No dates or locations have been settled as yet.

The prime minister is expected to propose dates and a program in his letter to the palace.

The trip would be William’s fifth visit to Australia and the couple’s first since 2014.

Last month the couple issued a statement via Instagram, saying they were shocked and saddened by the bushfires.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all the people and communities who are affected by this devastating event,” the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said.

“We send our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who have tragically lost their lives, and the brave firefighters who continue to risk their own lives to save the lives of others.”