LATEST: Representatives for the royal family have rubbished reports Prince WILLIAM enjoyed a romance with a girl he met on a trip to Africa in 2001.

British tabloids yesterday (15JUN03) claimed the 20-year-old heir made a secret 'engagement' pact with JESSICA 'JECCA' CRAIG while holidaying in Africa during his gap year - and that the pair had maintained a 'long-distance relationship' since.

But a spokesperson for the Prince - who celebrates his 21st birthday on Saturday (21JUN03) - insists the reports are untrue.

A statement from the Prince's ST JAMES' PALACE home reveals, "St James's Palace denies that there is or ever has been any romantic liaison between Prince William and Jessica Craig," adding that William is friends with Craig and her family but nothing more.

16/06/2003 02:33