Kate Middleton Hopes Her Children Never Pick Up Prince William’s Dangerous Hobby
Most royal fans have always thought of Prince Harry as the more adventurous royal brother because we’re so used to seeing Prince William more reserved. But the second in line to the British throne does have a streak in him as well that he’s displayed through his favorite hobby. However, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge considers that hobby dangerous and said she really hopes their children don’t pick it up.
Read on to find out what that activity is and if the Duke of Cambridge still does it today.
The hobby the duchess hopes their kids are never interested in
Prince William’s hobby that scares his wife is motorcycling.
The future king has been a fan of riding for many years and once owned a Ducati 1199, an Italian-manufactured sports bike with a top speed of 177 mph. In 2008, William and Prince Harry participated in a motorcycle rally across South Africa to raise money for several charities.
But the Duchess of Cambridge previously admitted that she is “filled with horror” every time he gets on a bike and it’s something she hopes her children don’t ever start doing.
“It always fills me with horror when he goes out on it! I’m terrified. Hopefully, I’m going to keep George off it,” Kate said after the birth of their first son, Prince George.
Prince William’s love for bikes has also scared Queen Elizabeth II
According to the documentary Chasing the Royals, William’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, didn’t approve of the hobby either because like Kate, she viewed it as dangerous.
“I think it frightens the life out of people at Buckingham Palace and almost certainly, the queen too,” royal photographer James Whitaker said.
However, the activity has long provided a comfort for William.
“I don’t know what it is about bikes, but I’ve always had a passion for motorbikes ever since I was very small,” the prince explained. “I used to do a lot of go-karting when I was younger and then after that I went on to quadbikes and eventually motorbikes. It does help being anonymous with my motorcycle helmet on because it does enable me to relax. But I just enjoy everything about motorbikes and the camaraderie that comes with it.”
The duke’s riding days might be behind him now
So does William still go motorcycling these days?
In 2017, it was reported that the prince doesn’t ride much anymore now that he is a father of three. Superbike champion Jonathan Rea said that he spoke to the duke about that.
“We talked about his bikes and the fact that he has put it on the back-burner a little bit because of his children now,” the racer said via Hello! Magazine.
One of the last times Prince William was photographed on a motorcycle was in 2018 when he visited the Triumph Motorcycles and MIRA Technology Park. The fact that he eased up has to be a relief for the duchess as it won’t be something Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis see their dad doing all the time.