Taking after his grandmother! William reveals Prince George has inherited Diana’s love of dancing in a rare public conversation about his late mother
- Duke of Cambridge, 36, met Junior, 14, one of BBC Radio 1 Teen Heroes of 2018
- Spoke about Diana’s love of dancing with UK freestyle dance champion
- Said Prince George loves dancing and has inherited passion from Diana
- Late royal had a childhood ambition to be a dancer with the Royal Ballet
The Duke of Cambridge has revealed how Prince George is taking after his grandmother Princess Diana, in a rare public conversation about his mother.
In a video shared to the Kensington Palace Twitter account, William revealed how his son, three, has shared his late grandmother’s love of dancing as he chatted to one BBC Radio 1 Teen Heroes of 2018.
Junior, 14, is a UK freestyle dance champion and set up the hashtag #BoysCanDance, after being bullies so badly from the age of six he had to move to a new home and school.
Chatting to the youngster, William explained: ‘George is doing dancing as well, he loves it. And it’s kind of… 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.’
The five-year-old royal is no doubt developing his dancing skills at hi school, Thomas’s Battersea, where he takes part in a 35-minute ballet lesson each week.
Prince George, five, pictured at the wedding of Kate’s school friend Sophie Carter in September, has inherited his late grandmother Diana’s love of dancing
Princess Diana performing on stage with dancer Wayne Sleep at the Royal Opera House in 1985, during a private show for supporters of the Royal Ballet
Princess Charlotte is also following in her late grandmother’s footsteps by developing her ballet skills.
During a walkabout at Kensington Palace in August 2017 to view tributes left to Princess Diana on the 20th anniversary of her death, Kate told a member of the public Charlotte was learning to dance, saying: ‘She absolutely loves it.’
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Princess Diana nurtured a childhood dream of becoming a dancer at the the Royal Ballet and struck up a friendship with dancer and choreographer Wayne Sleep.
She became a regular visitor at his South Kensington mews flat, down the road from her home at Kensington Palace.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chatting to talented street dancer Junior, 14, during a Kensington Palace reception for Radio 1 Teen Heroes of 2018
Both Princess Charlotte and Prince George, pictured at Princess Eugenie’s wedding earlier this month, have inherited their late grandmother’s love of dancing
While having private lessons, the royal came up with the idea for them to perform together at the Royal Opera House in 1985 at a private show for supporters and friends of the Royal Ballet.
Diana wanted to surprise Prince Charles with her performance, and nobody knew it was set to happen until she emerged from the audience to go on stage.
‘It was her idea to dance with me,’ Sleep recalled. She took to dancing like a duck to water, she was such a natural. I couldn’t believe how good she was, she was a wow.’
They chose contemporary dance for their performance to Billy Joel’s Uptown Girl, and they glided across the stage clearly comfortable with each other.
Diana loved dancing: The late princess pictured with John Travolta during a dinner at the White House in November 1985
‘We had eight curtain calls and she wanted to do it again but I said, ‘No, it’s best to leave them wanting more. Now bow to the royal box’. She said, ‘I am not bowing to him: he’s my hubby.’
‘That’s how we were, silly banter, fun and giggly. She knew whatever she said to me would go no further.’
Later she wrote to thank him. ‘The letter said: ‘Now I understand the buzz you get from performing. It’s fantastic.’
The late royal was also patron of the English National Ballet from 1989 to 1997.
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