Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, is giving his public a glimpse into his family’s life through the Apple Watch Fitness+ “The Time to Walk” audio series. The insights include how Prince George and Princess Charlotte start the mornings with music and his mother, Princess Diana’s, love for music is a fun way to share what life is like in the Cambridge household.
When it comes to getting ready for school in the morning, Prince George and Princess Charlotte like to get into the groove with Shakira’s song “Waka Waka.”
“What I’ve been amazed by is how much my children already have inherited my family’s love of music,” Prince William said. “Most mornings there’s a massive fight between Charlotte and George as to what song is played in the morning. And I have to, now, basically prioritize that one day someone does this one, and another day it’s someone else’s turn. So George gets his go, then Charlotte gets her go. Such is the clamor for the music.”
He went onto say, “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. There’s a lot of dressing up. Charlotte, particularly, is running around the kitchen in her dresses and ballet stuff and everything. She goes completely crazy with Louis following her around trying to do the same thing. It’s a really happy moment where the children just enjoy dancing, messing around, and singing. I hope you enjoy this one. Have some fun.”
As part of his “walk,” Prince William also shared some of his favorite music, including a penchant for AC/DC, describing it as the “best tonic for a Monday morning” and a bit of Taylor Swift as well.
This love of music and tradition of playing it in the morning started with his mother, Princess Diana.
The future King of England shared, “When I was younger, Harry and I, we were at boarding school. And my mother used to play all sorts of songs to kind of while away the anxiety of going back to school.”
“And one of the songs I massively remember and has stuck with me all this time, and I still, to this day, still quite enjoy secretly, is Tina Turner’s (Simply) The Best because sitting in the backseat, singing away, it felt like a real family moment. And 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.
“You’d be singing and listening to the music right the way out into the gates of school, when they dropped you off. And, and that’s when reality kind of sunk in that you really were going back to school because before that, you’re lost in songs. You’ll 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.”
This is a lovely little glimpse into what happens behind the walls of Kensington Palace. It’s a great way for Prince William to connect with the public and share how the family does something simple, like getting the kids up and off to school in the morning.
This is crucial for the monarchy’s future, and it’s great to see the future Prince of Wales trying to connect with the public.