PRINCE William shared a series of funny anecdotes and intimate moments with wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, during an appearance on BBC Radio Five Live’s That Peter Crouch Podcast.
During the discussion William initiated a conversation around football fans’ mental health as part of his Heads Up initiative. Speaking during the podcast, recorded at Kensington Palace before the lockdown in March, William said: “We all have mental health, and we all have to stay mentally fit.
“It’s a strength to talk about your mental health, it’s not a weakness. You know, if you’re not feeling well, something’s bothering you, talk about it – it’s not a problem.”
The Duke also spoke about his passion for football and mocked his own defending technique, referring to is as a “fat knacker running around at the back, panting”.
He also confessed to have played a prank on one of his football opponents, getting a security officer to pretend he was a sniper.
He said: “A long time ago, I got one of my policemen to take a laser pen out with them. And I got him to red mark, red dot one of the players.
“I kept saying, ‘see, see what happened to you’. I was about 15 at the time I said, ‘see, he’s following you, following you.”
Prince William reveals what ‘sealed the deal’ with Kate Middleton (Image: Getty)
Mr Crouch, a former England forward, asked incredulously if he pretended to have a sniper on him.
William said: “Exactly… it put him off for about, you know, 10 minutes.”
The Duke also explained how football has become more important in his life thanks to his children.
He said: “Since being a dad, without a doubt, football has become way more important to me than ever used to, it’s really weird. Like it’s changed a lot.
Prince William spoke to Peter Crouch on BBC Radio Five Live’s That Peter Crouch Podcast (Image: Getty)
“I need to go and be amongst other guys and kind of let out a bit of steam, shout a bit.
“Not abuse the referee – because I’m the president of the FA and I can’t do that – but in my head I am.”
During the relaxed conversation the Duke and Mr Crouch opened up about their relationships to their respective wives and the unusual presents they gave them, with Mr Crouch saying he has bought his model wife Abbey Clancy a raincoat three years in a row.
William said: “I did get my wife a pair of binoculars once – she’s never let me forget that.
The Duke explained how football has become more important in his life thanks to his children (Image: Getty)
“That was early on in the courtship, that was – think that sealed the deal.”
As Mr Crouch laughed, the Duke added: “It didn’t go well. Honestly, I have no idea why I bought her a pair of binoculars, it seemed like a good idea at the time.”
William also read a series of messages from members of the audience.
He read out one from a man who said he met him, while he was out with RAF friends, when he caught his eye while they were in the toilets during the half-time break at a Blackpool match.
William said: “Well I can’t vouch for me eyeing someone up in the loo, it sounds really quite awkward, but I was at a Blackpool game on a stag do.
The Duke said he once got Kate Middleton a pair of binoculars as a present (Image: Getty)
“I wasn’t in fancy dress – it wasn’t my stag do. We had a good day.”
Blackpool’s then-manager Ian Holloway came out to talk to the Duke’s group and William said: “I was like, ‘Why aren’t you doing a team talk and instead you’re talking to a stag-do?’
“He was like, ‘No point doing a frickin team talk, they’re not listening anyway’.
“It was a good game and we went on the theme park in the afternoon, which, after you’ve had a few beers on a stag do, is not pretty.
Prince William, Mr Crouch and his co-presenters, Tom Fordyce and Chris Star, sipped some drinks as they talked.
Most of the participants were drinking Guinness while the Duke had what looked like a pint of lager.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK