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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Prince William to Reign at St. Andrews

LONDON -- Britain's king in waiting, Prince William, began his career as a student Monday, saying he hopes the media will get bored with him during his four years at Scotland's ancient St. Andrews University.

Thousands cheered Sunday as the 19-year-old William, casually dressed in blue jeans and a sweater and accompanied by his father, royal heir Prince Charles, arrived at the windy coastal town famous as the spiritual home of golf.

Since it became known that the shy prince was to study art history in the Fife town, admissions have risen by 44 percent, with a high proportion coming from young women.

They may also have been encouraged by the fact that more St. Andrews graduates marry one another than do those of any other British university.

In an interview in British Sunday newspapers, William disclosed that he had not attended "freshers' week," when new students get to know each other at raucous pre-term parties.

"It would have been a media frenzy and that's not fair on the other students," he said.

"Plus, I thought I would probably end up in a gutter completely wrecked, and the people I had met that week wouldn't end up being friends anyway."

William added: "It will get easier as time goes on. Everyone will get bored with me -- which they do."

The student prince laughed off reports that some female students were wondering whether they might have a chance of becoming a future queen.

"I suppose they're saying that tongue-in-cheek," he said.

"But people who try to take advantage and get a piece of me -- I spot it quickly and soon go off them.

"I just want to go to university and have fun. I mean, it's not like I'm getting married -- though that's how it feels sometimes."