Prince William Reveals How He Was Left ‘Cringing’ After Taylor Swift Exchange

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Prince William has recalled ‘cringing’ after singing alongside Taylor Swift. 

Back in November 2013, the Duke of Cambridge appeared on-stage with the All Too Well artist and Bon Jovi as part of the Kensington Palace Gala for the charity Centrepoint. Of course, he belted out Livin’ On a Prayer.


Eight years later, he’s looked back on the night which ‘nearly knocked him off his feet’ during his festive episode of Time To Walk, a new Apple Fitness+ audio series where guests take a stroll and discuss meaningful moments and lessons throughout their life.

Prince William explained how there’s ‘a lot of handshaking to do those nights’ and pressure to ‘be charming and interactive’.

‘I’m sat next to Taylor Swift. She’s on my left. And after Jon does his first song, there’s a pause, and she turns to me. She puts her hand on my arm, looks me in the eye, and says, ‘Come on, William. Let’s go and sing’,’ he says.


‘To this day, I still do not know what came over me. Honestly, even now I’m cringing at 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 got up like a puppy and went, ‘Yeah, okay, that seems like a great idea. I’ll follow you.’


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‘Beneath my black tie, there was a lot of sweating going on. I felt like a swan, where I was trying to keep myself composed on the outside, but inside, the little legs are paddling fast.

‘Now, a lot of people might think that I’m comfortable on stage. When I do speeches and things like that, I’ve done so many now, they’re not a problem. But I’ve not done singing. At times, when you’re taken out of your comfort zone, you’ve got to roll with it.’


Prince William’s episode will drop for Fitness+ subscribers tomorrow, December 6.

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Cameron Frew

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Topics: Music, Prince William, Taylor Swift, UK