Prince William, 39, shared a poignant “family moment” in an audio walking tour recorded for Apple, and described how Diana, Princess of Wales took him to a homeless shelter to teach him the important lesson – there is life outside “palace walls”. During his recording, made while walking through the Queen’s Sandringham estate, the future king covered a wide range of topics from the emotional effect of working as an air ambulance pilot to being out of his “comfort zone” singing on stage with Taylor Swift and Jon Bon Jovi. But royal expert Neil Sean said this podcast will “bet the first of many”.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Mr Sean said: “Let me tell you the inside track, this is going to be the first of many podcasts from Prince William.
“We can also look forward to learning quite a bit more about the Duchess of Cambridge.
“I truly am looking forward to that because apart from some speeches, you don’t get to find out the true person.
“I am told she is truly delightful and I really do believe that but wouldn’t it be nice to know a little bit more about her working life as a royal?”
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In the candid chat, William said he still “secretly” likes the Turner song The Best, one of a number Diana would play to ease the anxiety as she took him and the Duke of Sussex back to school, thought to be Ludgrove in Berkshire.
The duke said: “Because sitting in the backseat singing away, it felt like a real family moment. My mother, she’d be driving along singing at the top of her voice and we’d even get the policeman in the car, he’d be occasionally singing along as well.”
With birdsong in the background, he added: “You’d be singing and listening to music right the way up to the gates of school when they dropped you off and that’s when reality kind of sunk in – you really were going back to school.
“Because before that you’re lost in songs – want to play it again, just to keep that family moment going. And when I listen to it now it takes me back to those car rides and brings back lots of memories of my mother.”
It was during his five years at Ludgrove that William suffered a golfing accident that left him with his “Harry Potter” scar, but he made lifelong friends at the school including Harry Aubrey-Fletcher, who is a godparent to Prince Louis.
William strolled around Sandringham in Norfolk sharing personal stories and the three songs, played in full, as part of the Time To Walk series featured on the Apple watch, for the technology company’s Fitness+ subscribers.
Dolly Parton, Anthony Joshua and Naomi Campbell have also recorded an audio walking tour, like William, to encourage the public to get active for their mental health.
The duke said his mother took him to a homeless shelter to meet people “down on their luck”, adding: “She wanted to make sure that I understood that life happens very much outside of palace walls, and this is what’s going on. This is the real world here.”
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William, who holds patronage roles with the homeless charities Centrepoint and The Passage, said: “And we sat there, and we listened. It really brings it to life when you hear somebody sit in front of you and talk very movingly and very openly about the challenges they’ve been up against.”
In a lighter moment during the walk William said Shakira’s track Waka Waka is loved by Charlotte, and his daughter dances to the song – apparently mimicking the Colombian singer’s video moves – and dresses as a ballerina for the performance.
The duke said: “One of the songs that the children are loving at the moment is Shakira, Waka Waka. There’s a lot of hip movements going along with a lot of dressing up.
“Charlotte particularly is running around the kitchen, in her dresses and ballet stuff. She goes completely crazy with Louis following her around trying to do the same thing.”