Grand yacht sparks Wills and Kate rumours

ROYAL RUMOURS The MV Leander moored alongside Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth.     Picture: Steve Reid (111612-488)
ROYAL RUMOURS The MV Leander moored alongside Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth. Picture: Steve Reid (111612-488)

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LUXURIOUS motor yacht the MV Leander made waves when it docked at Gunwharf Quays.

After it arrived flying the white ensign, whispers began that newlyweds Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge could be on board.

The ensign can only be flown by ships of the Royal Navy, members of the Royal Yacht Squadron (RYS) or vessels escorting royalty.

But the royal rumours were unfounded – the flag on this occasion signified membership of the RYS, one of the most prestigious yacht clubs in the country.

The RYS clubhouse is in Cowes Castle on the Isle of Wight.

Sean Sweeney, centre manager for Gunwharf Quays, said: ‘The motor yacht Leander arrived at Gunwharf Quays on Saturday.

‘It last visited here in 2005. We don’t know when it will be leaving and don’t know any more information about it. I’m sure it’s getting a lot of interest because something as big and salubrious as this doesn’t visit every week.’

The Leander, which weighs 2,000 tons, is owned by NCP car park millionaire Sir Donald Gosling and was once hired by Prince Charles.