Will Prince George and Princess Charlotte Learn French?

Unless you’re the Prince of Wales (or future Prince of Wales), learning a foreign language is not part of royal protocol. However, it is encouraged and many royal family members can speak multiple languages (Prince William can speak around five!) and most are fluent in French.

To ensure fluency, some royal family members begin learning their first foreign language in the very early years of their life. Case in point: Prince George and Princess Charlotte are already learning Spanish in school and from their nanny, Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo — and, it’s likely they will learn at least one or two more languages in their younger years.

Will Prince George and Princess Charlotte learn French next? Find out, ahead.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte
Prince George and Princess Charlotte | Karwai Tang/WireImage

Will Prince George and Princess Charlotte learn French?

Aside from English, French is widely spoken in the royal family. In fact, it’s the only language Queen Elizabeth is fluent in. Additionally, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, and Prince William all speak French. And, apparently, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle know some French, too.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte aren’t exactly fluent in Spanish, but they are on their way and, if they keep up their studies, they could have a good understanding of the foreign language once they reach adulthood. However, it’s likely that Prince William and Kate Middleton won’t wait for the young royals to perfect Spanish before encouraging them to learn an additional foreign language. After all, Prince William knows five languages and is fluent in at least two (French and Welsh), so he likely wants the same for his children.

Will Prince George and Princess Charlotte learn French next? It’s hard to say for sure, but given the royal family’s general fluency and both Prince William and Kate Middleton’s knowledge of the language, they just might!

What languages does the royal family speak?

French and Spanish aren’t the only foreign languages spoken by members of the royal family. In fact, Queen Elizabeth’s family knows at least eight foreign languages — and many members are fluent in at least one or two. What languages does the royal family speak in addition to French and Spanish? Find out, ahead.

German

Not many people speak German fluently in the royal family. However, the queen’s husband, Prince Philip, grew up speaking the language to his family members. The Duke of Edinburgh is allegedly fluent in three languages, English, French, and German.

Welsh

Welsh is one language some royals can’t skip over. And, it’s possible that Prince George will learn to speak the language of Wales at some point in his life. As the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles studied the language quite a bit in his younger years and allegedly knows enough to get by.

To ensure his son, Prince William, was ready for his future role in the royal family, Prince Charles made sure Prince William began learning the language at a young age so that he would be fluent by the time he takes over as Prince of Wales.

Gaelic

Both Prince Charles and Prince William know some Gaelic, too. It’s unclear whether or not they speak the Scottish or Irish version but they apparently know enough to communicate and deliver some speeches.

Swahili

Africa is very important to the royal family, especially Prince William who is involved in philanthropy efforts and proposed to Kate Middleton in one of the continent’s stunning countries. Following his college years, Prince William allegedly taught himself some Swahili and has used it to deliver speeches and communicate with locals while touring Tanzania and other African countries.

Russian

Some royals also speak a little Russian. Prince Michael of Kent and his wife, Princess Michael both speak and understand the foreign language.

Tagalog

It’s unclear how much Tagalog, the language of the Philippines Meghan Markle knows, but while visiting Edinburgh with Prince Harry, the Duchess of Sussex said: “salamat po,” which means “thank you.”

In addition to these languages, Prince William and other members of the royal family occasionally practice some phrases for speeches, royal tours, and other situations where they might feel the need to use a country’s native language. Prince William has delivered parts of speeches in Vietnamese and Mandarin and Prince Harry — who apparently isn’t as well-versed in foreign languages — has spoken to guests at a charity dinner in Arabic.


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