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Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 12/26/2010

Royal holiday on ice? Maybe not.

By Autumn Brewington

Daily Mail gossip columnist Katie Nicholl writes today: "Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding has put paid to a favourite Royal past-time next year -- skiing.

"Most of the young Royals have had to put plans on ice for 2011 as the April 29 wedding coincides with the end of the season -- when the Royals traditionally hit the slopes."

She says a "spy at the Club Bellevarde VIP lodge" has informed her that "'Prince Harry was invited to stay with pals in a fabulous chalet in Val D'Isere but he won't be able to make it.'"

Referring to Prince Andrew's daughters, the source is quoted as saying that Princesses "'Beatrice and Eugenie look doubtful too. No one wants to risk breaking limbs days before the wedding.'"

Now, we here at the Royal Wedding Watch acknowledge that Nicholl has all sorts of connections that we don't. And we agree that avoiding direct risk of breaking bones just before a wedding seems smart. But a wedding date doesn't necessarily keep the royals from skiing.


Britain's Prince Charles, center, with his sons, Prince Harry, left, and Prince William on a ski trip in March 2005. (AP)

Recall Prince Charles's skiing trip with his sons -- at which Kate Middleton was photographed -- shortly before his April 2005 wedding to Camilla Parker-Bowles. Here's the BBC transcript of the princes' exchange with journalists. After one question, Charles was famously picked up saying, when he apparently didn't realize a microphone was in range, "These bloody people. I can't bear that man. I mean, he's so awful, he really is."

As we've said before, we like a good royal story as much as the next reader. But we like reports that put things in context, and we're wary of speculation by unnamed sources. We wouldn't conclude more from the Mail item than that Prince Harry may or may not have passed on a skiing invitation.

By Autumn Brewington  | December 26, 2010; 10:36 AM ET
Categories:  Kate Middleton, Prince William, Royal family, Travel  | Tags:  Autumn Brewington  
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