Prince William rarely speaks openly to members of the public about his late mother Princess Diana, but he has now delighted fans with a rare public admission about the sweet way his own eldest son has taken after her.
The Duke of Cambridge stunned a group of teen heroes at a reception for the finalists of the Radio 1 Teen Awards at Kensington Palace when he stopped to talk to them about five-year-old Prince George’s surprising hobby.
In a video, shared by the palace on Twitter, the prince tells the group his son loves to dance just like Diana used to do before her tragic death in 1997 following a horrific car crash.
Meet some of the Teen Heroes who will be recognised this afternoon at the @bbcr1 Teen Awards. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were honoured to meet them earlier this week at Kensington Palace and hear more about their incredible achievements. pic.twitter.com/l29JGxMOLy
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 21, 2018
He is heard telling 14-year-old finalist and UK Freestyle Street Dance Champion, Junior: “George is doing dancing as well, he loves it.”
He then adds: “My mother always used to dance, she loved dancing. And if it’s something you love, you do what you love. Don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise. Keep at it.”
William also joked with the teenager, asking him if he could spin around on his head before saying the only street dancing he could do was break dancing. He joked: “Break dancing literally where I break myself!”
While both William and his brother Prince Harry have spoken candidly about their mother before in TV documentaries, it’s rare for either of them to mention her to members of the public.
Social media users were quick to comment on William’s open admission, with one writing: “Awwww he mentioned his mother. I just love these loving men and their wives,” while another added: “Aww George loves dancing.”
Meanwhile, it comes after William shared a rare glimpse at how he keeps Diana’s memory alive with his own children in documentary Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy. At the time, he said he is “constantly talking about Granny Diana” to his children.
“We’ve got more photos up round the house now of her and we talk about her a bit and stuff. It’s hard, because obviously Catherine didn’t know her, so she cannot really provide that, that level of detail,” he added.
“So, I do regularly when putting George or Charlotte to bed, talk about her and just try and remind them that there are two grandmothers – there were two grandmothers – in their lives.”