LONDON (AP) _ Prince William might put off college for a year to work as a ranch hand in Australia and Argentina, a London newspaper says.

Buckingham Palace wouldn't confirm the report, but The Sunday Telegraph said the 17-year-old prince, who will graduate in June from the prestigious private school Eton, will work on cattle and sheep ranches for a year.

He will be accompanied by family friend Edward van Cutsem, 26, the newspaper said. It quoted an unidentified family friend as saying Prince Charles had suggested his son take the year to work.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman described the story as ``speculation'' and refused further comment.