George's other Wellington playdate
While his parents were charming the crowds in the South Island, Prince George is said to have made a secret outing with his nanny to a Wellington public playground.
Every move of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was meticulously planned and choreographed, but with the eyes of the world's media elsewhere, the little prince was able to depart from the script and mingle with his future subjects on a sunny afternoon in Frank Kitts Park, a witness says.
Mr Freeze icecream caravan owner Barry Ludlow said he thought he was the only one who recognised the baby, well wrapped up in his pram and with a woman chaperoning him. He said they approached his truck by the playground.
"There were plenty of people walking around the waterfront, there were children everywhere, but I don't think anyone saw them. They didn't look out of place at all."
The pair were with two men in plain clothes, he said. "I've seen the nanny before on TV and they had bodyguards - she had two of them with her."
He said he sold a 99 icecream - plain vanilla in a cone, garnished with a Cadbury's Flake - to the woman, believed to have been the prince's Spanish nanny, Maria Borrallo.
She ate the icecream and gave the baby a tiny taste before they sat in the park for about 10 minutes.
Ludlow's story was corroborated by two sources close to the royal tour, one of whom said: "I can say that it definitely happened.
"I certainly don't think it was meant to be hidden that the little prince was playing in the park.
"I think it was just lovely that they could come into the city and walk about Wellington and the waterfront, and it's lovely for Frank Kitts Park."
When contacted last night, Wellington Mayor Celia Wade- Brown said: "I have heard rumours from people that the nanny and Prince George were out and about in the city and were seen places, and one of the rumours was that they were at Frank Kitts Park.
"I hope they enjoyed a chance to have some peace and quiet without being recognised by anyone."
Ludlow said he could not remember the date, but details of the weather that afternoon suggest it was April 14, when William and Kate left George at Government House in Wellington while they visited Christchurch.
Department of Internal Affairs spokesman Allen Walley said: "We don't confirm or speculate about what the royals do in their private time."
Ludlow, who has run the Mr Freeze truck at Frank Kitts Park for 17 years, said: "I've had many a famous person come to my truck to buy my icecreams and I don't treat them any differently from anyone else."
A spokesman for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said: "I'm afraid this isn't something we'd comment on."
The Dominion Post