William and Kate are no mugs

Woolworths have scrapped plans for a range of Prince William and Kate Middleton souvenirs.

The chain were left red-faced in 2006 when advance designs of commemorative mugs, thimbles and mousemats marking the couple’s engagement were leaked – only for them to split up two weeks later.

Now, despite speculation that the couple will announce their engagement in the next few weeks, Woolworths bosses have revealed they won’t be producing the designs, saying they are out of date and “times have moved on”.

A spokesman for Woolworths said: “The Will and Kate designs from 2006 still exist but Woolworths has no plans to sell any royal merchandise in the near future.

“It is something we were ready for in 2006, but time has moved on and the person behind the designs has also moved on.”

However, department store Peter Jones have begun selling the first piece of royal memorabilia featuring Kate. Their limited-edition UKP25 mug, produced to mark William’s passing out from RAF Cranwell last month, features an image of the couple.