Though 5-year-old Prince George never got the chance to meet his late grandmother, Princess Diana, he may have inherited a love for one of her greatest passions — dance.
In a video posted by Kensington Palace this week, Prince William spoke to a 14-year-old aspiring dancer at a reception for exceptional teens.
He told the teen, Junior, that his son also loved to dance. Prince William said:
“George is doing dancing as well, he loves it.”
Prince William held his hand over his heart and revealed that it was a passion his son shared with his mother. He told the teen:
“My mother always used to dance, she loved dancing. And if it’s something you love, you do what you love. Don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise. Keep at it.”
According to People, Prince George is attending ballet class at his school, Thomas’s Battersea. He practices for at least 35 minutes a week with a live pianist.
Princess Diana allegedly wanted to be a professional ballet dancer when she was younger but grew too tall for the preferred dancer proportions, Harpers Bizarre reports.
Her former ballet teacher, Anne Allan, said:
“She had dance in her soul. I realized the pure enjoyment that it gave her. She loved the freeness of being able to move and dance … I could see it helped to alleviate her emotional life.”
Princess Charlotte, age three, is also enrolled in dance classes, Kate Middleton said earlier this year. The tot “absolutely loves it,” according to her mom.
Though the children will never get the chance to meet their much-beloved grandmother, it seems Prince William is delighted that they are following in her footsteps.
Watch the video below:
Meet some of the Teen Heroes who will be recognised this afternoon at the @bbcr1 Teen Awards. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were honoured to meet them earlier this week at Kensington Palace and hear more about their incredible achievements. pic.twitter.com/l29JGxMOLy
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 21, 2018