Sunday, January 3, 1999 Published at 21:22 GMT
Prince William 'doing his own thing'
Prince William will stay at home to take part in various shoots
Prince William has decided to stay at home while his brother Harry goes skiing with his father Prince Charles.
The 16-year-old prince has chosen to forego the Swiss slopes and is said to be "doing his own thing".
Although William usually spends the New Year on the slopes, he has shown far more interest in hunting than skiing.
He spent Boxing Day at Sandringham taking part in the traditional Christmas shoot.
William will miss out on a week's skiing at Klosters, the Prince of Wales's favourite Alpine resort.
But he may have opted to stay away from the slopes to avoid the world's press who will be flocking to the Swiss resort for the royal visit.
Also in the royal skiing party is Tiggy Legge-Bourke, Harry's former nanny, who will keep the 14-year-old company on the snow slopes, along with family friends the Palmer-Tompkinsons.