Prince William opens up about Taylor Swift duet for a special Christmas episode of Apple Fitness+’s ‘Time to Walk’ series
Prince William admitted that he “was up like a puppy” when Taylor Swift asked him to sing with her.
It was 2013 when the British royal was taken on stage by an American singer during a Centerpoint charity event at Kensington Palace for a rendition of “Livin’ on a Prayer” with Jon Bon Jovi. At the time, even royal aides acknowledged that William’s performance was completely “off the cuff”.
Eight years later, the 39-year-old is opening up about what really happened that night.
“So, almost — it must be about 10 years now — I can’t believe I’m actually telling this story,” William said on a special Christmas episode of Apple Fitness+’s “Time to Walk” series, whose The premiere took place on Monday.
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“I went to a charity funding gala for Centerpoint, a youth homeless charity that I love and have supported over the years,” the father of three explained. “It’s an annual fundraiser, and I come in, and Jon Bon Jovi and Taylor Swift are at the event, which almost knocked me off my feet as well.”
“When I sat down to watch Jon Bon Jovi perform his performance, I thought, ‘That’s it. I’m done. I’ll have dinner in a minute, and I might be able to chat. [with] Some people, and you know, I’m a little off-duty now,” recalled William. “I didn’t know what was going to happen next.”
“I’m sitting next to Taylor Swift,” he continued. “He’s to my left. And when John does his first song, there’s a pause, and he turns to me. He puts his hand on my arm, looks me in the eye, and says, ‘Come on. , William. Let’s go and sing.'”
And William did exactly what the 31-year-old told him to do.
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“To this day, I still don’t know what came over me,” insisted William. “Honestly, even now I’m crying over 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 woke up like a puppy and went, ‘Yeah, well, that sounds like a good idea. I’ll follow you.'”
“I went on stage in a trance, and then halfway through the song Jon Bon Jovi’s Livin’ on a Prayer, I woke up,” he shared. “And I’m thinking to myself, ‘Am I standing on stage singing ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ while I don’t even know the words?
“But the focal point was the young boys and girls out there all loving it and cheering. So I thought, ‘Okay, if they’re enjoying it, the night is for them. So leave it. I doofus’ What can’t happen will ruin it for everyone.’
“And so I desperately try and memorize a few words and sing as much as I can. Under my black tie, I was sweating profusely. I felt like a goose, where I could sustain myself.” Was trying to. Outside, but inside, little feet paddling fast.”
William said that despite being born in the public eye, he was not prepared to display his vocal skills on such a public stage.
“Now, a lot of people might think I’m comfortable on stage,” said William. “When I give speeches and do things like that, I’ve done a lot now, they’re not a problem. But I haven’t singing. There are times, when you’re thrown out of your comfort zone, So you have to roll with it. And I think we’ve reached that stage in this life where we micro-manage ourselves. We worry about: How do we show up on social media? About me Who said that? What am I wearing? There’s so much pressure, but I think it’s okay to make a fool of yourself.”
William revealed, “It’s okay not to take yourself too seriously and in those moments where you let go and you’re just like, ‘You know what? I’m fine with that. “So, yeah, go ahead and laugh. Don’t go and watch a video of me singing. Or go and watch it, but just laugh at yourself for how I was feeling.”
Earlier this year, William collaborated with Apple Fitness+ to record one of his audio walking experiences. The series features personal stories of famous personalities aimed at encouraging people to walk more.
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William took the audience to Queen Elizabeth II’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk, St Mary Magdalene Church and finally to Anmer, where he and his wife Kate Middleton share a country house with their children.
William, who has used his platform to raise awareness about mental health, chose three charities to receive a five-figure donation from Apple: Shout in the UK, Crisis Text Line in the United States and Lifeline in Australia. , people magazine informed of. According to the outlet, Crisis Text Line and Shout provide 24/7 confidential support for people in distress via text, and Lifeline provides 24-hour confidential crisis support and suicide prevention services.