What Sports Prince William Really Wants Prince George and Princess Charlotte to Play

Prince William and Kate Middleton really love their sports so it makes sense that they would like to get their children involved in some activities and royal pastimes but as William implied, they’re having some trouble with that.

The Duke of Cambridge has admitted that he’s really hoping Prince George and Princess Charlotte (and Prince Louis when he’s older) get into two sports in particular. Here’s which ones he is encouraging them to play and how the siblings are faring so far.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte

Prince George and Princess Charlotte | DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images

Which sports

Following the 2018 Wimbledon finals, the prince and Middleton chatted with Men’s Single’s Champion Novak Djokovic and William revealed that he’s trying to get his little ones into tennis and soccer.

“How are your children?” Djokovic, who has kids of his own with his wife Jelena, asked the royal couple.

“Yeah, very well,” Middleton replied before William chimed in and admitted that he’s been “trying to get a tennis racket in their hand — and a football!”

Their exchange was captured on Instagram.

The duke and duchess both enjoy tennis and are huge soccer fans. In fact, Prince William has served as the president of The Football Association since 2006. But there’s no guarantee his children will share his love for either sport.

What Prince George is interested in

Prince George

Prince George of Cambridge | Andrew Milligan – Pool/Getty Images

George has shown an interest in tennis, just not actually playing the game. Instead, the prince only cares about whacking the ball. When Middleton met LTA coach Sam Richardson she explained to him how her son feels about the game and asked for some advice.

“She says with George … he wants to whack a ball, so she was asking what sort of stuff she should be doing,” Richardson revealed. “They will struggle at that age to hit a ball. She said he’s interested in it, but more in whacking the ball.”

As for the other sport his dad would like to see him play, William told former player and Manchester United Women’s coach Casey Stoney that George isn’t too into that right now either.

“At the moment he’s trying to teach George that football is actually a contact sport but George doesn’t really like it when he’s palming him off and getting physical,” she said.

What Princess Charlotte is taking lessons for

Princess Charlotte

Princess Charlotte of Cambridge | Kensington Royal via Instagram

Because Prince George wasn’t picking up tennis like his dad wanted, William started taking Princess Charlotte for lessons once she turned 2.

The young princess has been learning the game at the Hurlingham Club in London since there are no tennis courts at Kensington Palace. Only time will tell if she gets a handle on it but for now her lessons are reportedly going well.

Another activity she is good at is swimming but as for soccer, she hasn’t really practiced that too much yet.

Read more: What Parenting Rules Do Prince William and Kate Middleton Have For Prince George and Princess Charlotte?

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