Earlier this week Prince William flew home from what he himself described as an 'emotionally raw' trip to Australia and New Zealand. During his visit he met people and communities who had been rocked by a series of natural disasters: earthquake, flash flooding and cyclone. Everywhere he went he was met by cheering crowds and a level of warmth perhaps not seen since his mother was undertaking tours of this kind.
As we get ever nearer to the the royal wedding on April 29, Prince William seems to be stepping out of the considerable shadows of both Princess Diana and Prince Charles. He is doing so with, not just a dazzling smile, but also a willingness to shy away from the formality for which his father has often been criticised.
With teenage girls and even, in a country claiming to want to form a republic, Australian politicians falling over themselves to meet him, Prince William is my communicator of the week.