Prince Charles says the kisses he received on his 11-day Australian tour were "one of the perks of the job".
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TRANSCRIPT: LESTER: "It was before a crowd of 500 people at Adelaide Airport that the young lady took a fancy to the Prince. Walking across the tarmac with the South Australian governor, Keith Seaman, Prince Charles turned to the girl, spoke with her - she kissed him first on the cheek and then, quickly, on the lips. The lucky lady, 28-year-old Sylvia Cresnar, said later: 'It all happened so quickly' - and she would have invited the Prince home for tea if he'd given her the time.
"Last night the Prince attended what was to have been a secret party in Toorak at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Barry Harper. Their daughter, Lady Tryon, said the function was to allow Prince Charles to meet some attractive young Australians who never appear at traditional royal functions. Two hundred young people were present to greet the Prince when he arrived in Toorak at 11.30 Then it was back....to Government House and the Royal Suite before today's final round of engagements in the State.
"Just after 10 this morning, the Prince arrived at the Armstrong recording studios in South Melbourne to record a commercial for the Silver Jubilee Album, a collection of 20 tracks featuring young Australian talent. Harry M. Miller, the Chairman of the Australian Jubilee Appeal Committee, was there to greet the Prince. In the studios, after the introductions were over, Prince Charles proved himself as a commentator when nerves got the better of compare Ian Meldrum who, after several mistakes, had to record the interview again. The Prince even offered to take over the programme. Ian Meldrum called for a glass of water and the interview went without a hitch. The Silver Jubilee album, which goes on sale shortly, is expected to raise half a million dollars (Australian) for the Silver Jubilee Appeal. After the interview, Prince Charles was off to Adelaide and that warm welcome."
Prince Charles' second kiss came from 16-year-old schoolgirl Gilda Larbey in Perth on Thursday (10 November). She was among the crowds waiting to see the Prince walking through the centre of Perth to turn on the city's Christmas illuminations. She put out her hand to the Prince as he passed and then pulled him quickly to her to kiss him on the check. Miss Larbey later complained that the Prince, who briefly returned the kiss, was a "a bit bristly" and she though he should have had a shave beforehand.
REPORTER: MIKE LESTER
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Background: Prince Charles says the kisses he received on his 11-day Australian tour were "one of the perks of the job". At a press conference on Friday (November 11) before leaving Australia for England, the Prince of Wales told reporters he had not been offended by the two embraces, one given in Adelaide and the other by a 16-year-old schoolgirl in Perth. Instead, he thought it "marvellous" and said he would much rather be kissed than slapped in the face. This report on the first kissing incident and Prince Charles's earlier visit to Victoria from Mike Lester of TCN-9, Sydney.