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Prince William no fan of 'king of fruits'

Published on Sep 14, 2012 3:06 PM

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Britain's Prince William declared on Friday that he is no fan of durian, the spiky and notoriously pungent South-east Asian fruit, after sampling it on a visit to Malaysia.

The future king and his wife Catherine were served durian, revered in the region as the "king of fruits", during a welcome lunch with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak after their arrival on Thursday for a three-day visit.

But during a lunch on Friday with business executives in the capital Kuala Lumpur, he quipped: "I'd just like to say how delicious lunch was, but I was delighted to see that durian wasn't on the menu."

"Having tasted it yesterday, I feared for the safety of the people I met thereafter," he said, causing the crowd of more than 1,000 business figures to erupt in laughter.

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