Prince William And Princess Kate are proud sports enthusiasts and pass this love on to their three children.
“The team environment of sport played a huge role in my life and upbringing,” the Prince of Wales, 41, said on the Saturday, September 9, episode Mike Tindall‘S “The Good, the Bad and the Rugby” Podcast. “I felt comfortable and loved being in that quadrant of fear, noise and competition with my friends and the team around me.”
William added: “I liked the ups and downs of looking out for each other, if someone was hurt or someone was feeling a bit left out you would go and make sure they were included.”
This kind of friendship made him want to introduce sports to his and Kate’s three children: Prince George (10), Princess Charlotte (8) and Prince Louis (5).
“It’s that camaraderie, that relationship building [and] Learning to lose, which I think we need to focus more on these days. I think people don’t know how to lose well,” added William, who previously played rugby at school. “Especially when I talk about our children, I want to make sure they understand that. It’s really important to understand how you lose and why you lose from a young age and then grow through that process.”
The Duke of Cornwall further noted that the couple, who married in 2011, also taught their children “how to win well” without boasting or appearing arrogant at victory celebrations.
Kate, 41, also grew up around sport and marveled on Saturday at how George, Charlotte and Louis were dedicated to athletics.
“What’s really interesting is that they all have very different temperaments,” the Princess of Wales explained. “As they grow and try different sports, you’ll see how that grows and develops [over time].”
Will and Kate – who were interviewed by Mike, a cousin Zara TindallHusband and co-host James Haskell and aLex Payne – also joined in Princess Anne. The King’s Princess, 73, pointed out that Welsh children had “just a little bit” of a competitive spirit.
According to Kate, the children didn’t get that from her. “I’m really not that competitive. I don’t know where that came from,” she claimed, referencing claims Mike, 44, previously made on the podcast. “I think [Will and I] I didn’t manage to finish a tennis match. It becomes a mental challenge between both of us.”
However, Kate explained that there was heated “parent race” at George, Charlotte and Louis’ school. “We have [done it] and we were told categorically that there was no parenting competition, but then they called [one at] the last minute!” she remembered. “Maybe the competitive side of both of us [came out]like, “We have to join in,” so I did [with] barefoot.”
William even took second place and announced on Saturday that his wife did “really” well without shoes.
William, Kate and Anne – the patrons of three rugby organizations in the UK – joined the podcast to have a candid discussion about the sport at Windsor Castle. The conversation took place in honor of the Rugby World Cup, which began on Friday September 8th in France.