Prince William reveals ‘spooky’ moment with Taylor Swift, some of his favorite tracks and car rides with his mother and Harry


William opens the episode by contemplating his father’s love for walking and the fact that growing up Charles “used to try to force Harry and I out of the house all the time,” adding that “we didn’t really have any”.

“But now, as you get older, you appreciate him a lot more and you see him for what he is,” said William.

The royal is the latest star to record a walk-and-talk for the series, available on Apple Watch with a Fitness + membership.

Each episode, which lasts between 25 and 40 minutes, is designed to be an immersive experience. Featured guests walk around a meaningful place and reflect on life lessons while sharing memories and experiences through stories, photos and songs.

William’s walk – which he recorded in the spring – takes him through the vast 20,000 acre family estate of Sandringham in Norfolk, eastern England. From Sandringham House he admires the sights and sounds of “the great British countryside, as we like to call it” as they make their way to St Mary Magdalene Church, where the Royal Family are to attend church service of Christmas Day later this month. He ends the trip in front of Anmer Hall, the house he shares with his wife Catherine and their children.

Thinking of his family’s annual Christmas pilgrimage, William talks about his “strong memories” of his grandfather plowing in front of him as “we would be in the back with little legs trying to keep up.”

During the episode, the prince discusses the importance of keeping mentally fit and remembers a moment almost a decade ago that left him sweating at a black tie event.

Thinking that he “can’t believe I’m telling this story,” he talks about a 2013 fundraising gala at Kensington Palace that American singers Jon Bon Jovi and Taylor Swift attended, “which told me. almost dropped “.

Prince Charles, Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge (unseen), Prince William and Prince George arrive for the Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day service at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham , Norfolk, in the east of England, on December 25, 2019.

William says there are always “lots of handshakes to make those nights” where he tries to be “charming and interactive”. He then goes to watch the show thinking that his main duties for the evening – mostly welcoming guests – are done and that he can relax a bit.

“I’m sitting next to Taylor Swift. She’s to 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 at me in eyes and said, “Come on, William. Let’s go sing, “” he remembers.

“To this day, I still don’t know what got into me. Honestly, even now, I’m pissed off about what happened next, and I don’t understand why I gave in. But, frankly, I did. Taylor Swift looks you in the eye, touches your arm and says, ‘Come with me …’ I stood up like a puppy and said, ‘Yeah, alright, that looks like it is. a good idea. I’ll follow you. ‘”

William continues his anecdote describing the walk to the stage “in a trance” and desperately trying to remember the lyrics to “Livin ‘On a Prayer”.

The Duke of Cambridge performs with Taylor Swift and Jon Bon Jovi at the Centrepoint Gala Dinner at Kensington Palace in London on November 26, 2013.

“Under my black tie there was a lot of perspiration. I felt like a swan, where I tried to stay calm on the outside, but inside the little legs were paddling fast,” the royal said, adding that while he is very comfortable giving speeches, he has less experience in live singing.

“Sometimes, when you step out of your comfort zone, you have to deal with it,” he adds.

During the episode, the Duke also reveals the impact of his time as an air ambulance pilot on his sanity. He details an experience helping a young boy run over by a car.

William said he “came home that evening quite upset but not visibly” and was aware that “something had changed … a real tension inside of me”. He describes compartmentalizing his feelings and returning to work, but “it really hit me weeks later.”

“My personal life and everything was going perfectly fine. I was happy at home and happy at work, but I kept looking at myself and thinking, ‘Why do I feel like this? do I feel so sad? ‘ And I started to realize that you actually bring home the trauma of people, the sadness of people, and it affects you. “

Prince William, left, arrives for his final shift with the East Anglian Air Ambulance as a pilot at Cambridge Airport in the east of England on July 27, 2017.

He says he was “lucky” to have someone to talk to about air ambulance service, adding that he has spoken to frontline workers throughout the pandemic who are battling the disease. mental health and encourages listeners to seek help as he did.

The episode also features a few musical selections from the prince, including Tina Turner’s “The Best” which her mother used to blow up in the car as she drove her sons back to boarding school.

“Sitting in the backseat, singing, it was like a real family time,” says William. “And my mother, she was driving, singing at the top of her voice. And we even put the policeman in the car, he would sing every now and then.”

These days, the father of three says he’s amazed that his own children “have already inherited my family’s love for music.”

“One of the songs that kids love right now is Shakira, ‘Waka Waka’,” he explains. “Charlotte, in particular, is running around the kitchen with her dresses and ballet stuff and everything. She goes completely crazy with Louis following her around trying to do the same.”

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, are pictured with their three children, Prince George (left), Princess Charlotte (right) and Prince Louis in the family's 2020 Christmas card.

William’s episode concludes the show’s second season, with previous guests including British heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua, actor and comedian Stephen Fry and CNN’s Dr Sanjay Gupta.

Three major mental health charities chosen by the Duke will receive a charitable donation from Apple – Shout in the UK, Crisis Text Line in the US and Lifeline in Australia. Shout and Crisis Text Line offer free 24/7 confidential service for people in crisis via SMS, while Lifeline provides free 24/7 crisis assistance and suicide prevention services.

The special episode will be available to Fitness + subscribers on Monday, December 6. The company will also air three free broadcasts of the show on Apple Music 1, its flagship global radio station on Apple Music, starting at 8:00 a.m. GMT, 12:00 p.m. PST and 7:00 p.m. AEDT.

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