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'Enthusiastic fan' sparks concern

A man intent on giving the Duchess of Cambridge a flower sparked a security scare on Friday when he got close to the royal in Malaysia.

The individual, described by officials as an enthusiastic royal fan, approached Kate with the bloom as she got into a limousine but he was quickly detained by Malaysian police and taken away.

The incident happened after the royal couple - on a Diamond Jubilee tour of the Far East - had taken part in a walkabout during a cultural show of music and dance staged in a park in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.

It is thought he tried to throw the flower into William and Kate's chauffeur driven limousine just before they left the site, and one eyewitness claims the man was able to get his upper body into the vehicle.

The man was reportedly spotted in Singapore at a royal event where the Duke and Duchess began their tour and at different points in the crowds.

In 2001, the Prince of Wales was slapped round the face with a flower by a war protester who reached across and hit him during a walkabout in the Latvian capital Riga.

A St James's Place spokesman stressed that at no point were the Duke and Duchess in danger.

He said: "An enthusiastic member of the crowd approached their Royal Highnesses' car today as it departed the cultural event, he appeared to want to throw a flower in the car, a Malaysian protection officer pulled him away."

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