- Prince William appears on an upcoming episode of the Apple Fitness+ series, “Time to Walk.”
- Prince William got candid about the “cringing” moment he sang alongside Taylor Swift and Bon Jovi.
- He also shared memories about singing along to Tina Turner with Princess Diana and Prince Harry.
The Duke of Cambridge recalled his spur-of-the-moment duet with Taylor Swift, saying he followed her on stage “like a puppy” to sing “Livin’ on a Prayer” alongside Jon Bon Jovi.
According to People, Prince William will be featured in an upcoming episode of the Apple Fitness+ series “Time to Walk,” in which he shares little-known details about his life as he walks across Sandringham Estate. The series premieres on December 6, and Apple will stream three audio airings of the episode on Apple Music 1 for free throughout the day.
Prince William reminisced about sitting beside Swift at the Winter Whites Gala In Aid Of Centrepoint event at Kensington Palace in 2013 when Bon Jovi performed.
“When I sat down to watch Jon Bon Jovi do his performance, I thought, ‘That’s it. My job is done. I’ll get dinner in a minute, and I might be able to have a chat to some people, and, you know, I’m off-duty a little bit now.’ Little did I think what was going to happen next,” he said.
Prince William said that Swift somehow convinced him to get on stage, People reported.
“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,’” Prince William said.
He admitted that he’s still shocked by the moment years later.
“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,’” Prince William said.
Prince William added that he was in a “trance” while Bon Jovi performed “Livin’ on a Prayer” — but realized he didn’t know the lyrics.
“And I’m thinking to myself, ‘Am I standing on the stage singing ‘Livin’ On a Prayer’ when I don’t even know the words?” Prince William said. “But the Centrepoint young guys and girls were there all loving it and cheering away. So I thought, ‘Well, if they’re enjoying it, then the night is for them. So sod it. I can’t be the doofus who’s going to ruin it for everyone.’”
Prince William admitted he was nervous the whole time.
“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,” he said, according to People.
During the episode, Prince William also recalled Princess Diana, the Princess of Wales, singing with him and Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, on the way to boarding school.
“My mother used to play all sorts of songs to kind of while away the anxiety of going back to school,” Prince William said, People reported. “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 ‘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.”
Representatives for the Duke of Cambridge did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.