Britain's Prince William shocked staff at a Dorset supermarket by splashing out nearly $1,700 on alcohol. The prince - dressed in a T-Shirt, baseball cap and jeans - filled four trolleys with wines, spirits, beer and snacks during his hour-long shopping spree at Weymouth's Asda store.

The 24-year-old royal even cleared the supermarket out of the popular summer drink Pimms. Store manager Darren Rideout told the Dorset Echo newspaper: "He came in the store at 2:10 p.m. with two bodyguards."He had four trolley loads of shopping which was mainly alcohol and snacks. He cleared us out of Pimm's."

William reportedly seemed relaxed and was happy to chat to customers who recognized him. Rideout added: "He appeared as a normal customer. A few people came up and spoke to him and he was laughing and joking with them.

"The check-out girl didn't actually recognize him and he packed his own shopping. They left at 3:15 p.m. with the Prince in a black Audi followed by two black Range Rovers."William, 24, is training to be a troop leader at Bovington Army Camp, 15 miles away from Weymouth.