During the discussion William initiated a conversation around football fans’ mental health as part of his Heads Up initiative. Speaking during the
During the discussion William initiated a conversation around football fans’ mental health as part of his Heads Up initiative. Speaking during the podcast, recorded at Kensington Palace before the lockdown in March, William said: “We all have mental health, and we all have to stay mentally fit.
“It’s a strength to talk about your mental health, it’s not a weakness. You know, if you’re not feeling well, something’s bothering you, talk about it – it’s not a problem.”
The Duke also spoke about his passion for football and mocked his own defending technique, referring to is as a “fat knacker running around at the back, panting”.
He also confessed to have played a prank on one of his football opponents, getting a security officer to pretend he was a sniper.
He said: “A long time ago, I got one of my policemen to take a laser pen out with them. And I got him to red mark, red dot one of the players.
“I kept saying, ‘see, see what happened to you’. I was about 15 at the time I said, ‘see, he’s following you, following you.”
Mr Crouch, a former England forward, asked incredulously if he pretended to have a sniper on him.
William said: “Exactly… it put him off for about, you know, 10 minutes.”
The Duke also explained how football has become more important in his life thanks to his children.
He said: “Since being a dad, without a doubt, football has become way more important to me than ever used to, it’s really weird. Like it’s changed a lot.
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“That was early on in the courtship, that was – think that sealed the deal.”
As Mr Crouch laughed, the Duke added: “It didn’t go well. Honestly, I have no idea why I bought her a pair of binoculars, it seemed like a good idea at the time.”
William also read a series of messages from members of the audience.
He read out one from a man who said he met him, while he was out with RAF friends, when he caught his eye while they were in the toilets during the half-time break at a Blackpool match.
William said: “Well I can’t vouch for me eyeing someone up in the loo, it sounds really quite awkward, but I was at a Blackpool game on a stag do.