Prince William join forces with Apple Fitness+ for a special festive episode of its “Time To Walk” audio series.
William’s walk — which he recorded back in the spring — takes him across his family’s sprawling 20,000-acre Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, eastern England. Starting at Sandringham House, he takes in the sights and sounds of “the great British countryside, as we like to call it” while heading towards St. Mary Magdalene Church, where the royals are due to attend Christmas Day church service later this month. He ends the journey standing outside Anmer Hall, the home he shares with wife, Catherine, and their children.
The Duke of Cambridge talked about his father’s love for walks, his late mother,Princess Diana jamming to Tina Turner’s “The Best” ,singing with Taylor Swift and Jon Bon Jovi at a gala.
Speaking of his father and grandfather;
He said his father “used to try and force Harry and I out of the house the whole time” adding that “we weren’t really having any of it.” “But now, as you get older, you appreciate it a lot more and you see it for what it is,”
And “strong memories” of his grandfather plowing ahead while “there’d be us at the back with little legs trying to keep up.”
He talks about a 2013 fundraising gala at Kensington Palace that US singers Jon Bon Jovi and Taylor Swift attended;
“can’t believe I’m actually tell this story,” “which nearly knocked me off my feet.”
“a lot of handshaking to do those nights” where he tries to “be charming and interactive.”
“I’m sat next to Taylor Swift. She’s on my left. And after Jon does his first song, there’s a pause, and she turns to me. She puts her hand on my arm, looks me in the eye, and says, ‘Come on, William. Let’s go and sing,'”
“To this day, I still do not know what came over me. Honestly, even now I’m cringing at what happened next, and I don’t understand why I gave in. But, frankly, if Taylor Swift looks you in the eye, touches your arm, and says, ‘Come with me…’ I got up like a puppy and went, ‘Yeah, okay, that seems like a great idea. I’ll follow you.’ William continues his anecdote describing walking towards the stage “in a trance” and trying to desperately remember the lyrics to “Livin’ On a Prayer.”
“Beneath my black tie, there was a lot of sweating going on. I felt like a swan, where I was trying to keep myself composed on the outside, but inside, the little legs are paddling fast,”
“At times, when you’re taken out of your comfort zone, you’ve got to roll with it,” he adds.
Speaking on mental health he recalled during his time as an air ambulance pilot, how he helped a boy who was hit by a car. He said he “went home that night pretty upset but not noticeably” and was conscious that “something had changed… a real tension inside of me.” “it really hit me weeks later.”
“My personal life and everything was absolutely fine. I was happy at home and happy at work, but I kept looking at myself, going, ‘Why am I feeling like this? Why do I feel so sad?’ And I started to realize that, actually, you’re taking home people’s trauma, people’s sadness, and it’s affecting you.”
He talked about his mother playing Tina Trner “The best” in her car.
“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.”
He talked about how his children “already have inherited my family’s love of music.” “One of the songs that the children are loving at the moment is Shakira, ‘Waka Waka,'” he explains. “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.”
The special episode drops for Fitness+ subscribers on Monday 6 December. The company will also stream three free airings of the show on Apple Music 1, its flagship global radio station on Apple Music, starting from 8 a.m. GMT, 12 a.m. PST and 7 p.m AEDT.