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William scrubs up… just like Diana

Royal watcher: William observes robotic surgery at the Royal Marsden with lead surgeon Asif Chaudry PICTURES: PA/REX

DRESSED in surgical scrubs to watch an operation, Prince William brought back memories of his late mother yesterday.

The Duke of Cambridge was at London’s Royal Marsden hospital to witness its pioneering robotic surgery, which is less invasive and lets patients recover faster.

Theatre goer: Diana in 1996

His visit echoed those of his mother Diana, who was president of the hospital trust until her death in 1997. She also famously donned scrubs to attend a heart operation on a boy from Cameroon at Harefield hospital in Middlesex.

William, who took on his mother’s role at the hospital in 2007, joined Prof Vinidh Paleri and lead surgeon Asif Chaudry in the operating theatre. The hospital is the largest cancer centre in Europe, treating 50,000 patients every year.