The 38-year-old went on to explain he was never quite able to live the experience down because she never lets him forget it.
It's not just the mere mortals that are bad at giving gifts, a new report shows. Even the monarchs with all their Royal knowledge can be lousy gift-givers. According to Today, Prince William is quite like a majority of men out there who tremble at the thought of picking out thoughtful gifts for their partners. The news became apparent when the future King of England recently made an appearance at BBC's "That Peter Crouch Podcast" hosted by the namesake Peter Crouch, a former soccer player. In the episode, Prince William shared very interesting details about his early days of dating the now Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine Middleton.
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The hosts, Crouch, Chris Stark, and Tom Fordyce, started a discussion on the worst presents they have given to their significant others with one of them saying that he once gifted a tree. Then the question came to William, who was asked, "Can you beat a worse present than that?" The Duke was quick to respond, as he said: "I probably can. I did get my wife a pair of binoculars once." The 38-year-old went on to explain he was never quite able to live the experience down because she always gives him grief over it. "She's never let me forget that," he added. "That was early on in the courtship, that was," William continued. "I tell you what, I think that sealed the deal. She fell for me at that point."
He then narrated the exchange between the two after he handed her the gift and explained his thought process. "I wrapped them. They were really nice. I think I was convincing myself about it. I was like, 'These are really amazing! Look how far you can see!' And she started looking at me going, 'They're binoculars. What's going on?"
He said with a chuckle: "It didn't go well," before adding: "Honestly, I have no idea why I bought her a pair of binoculars." The Duke of Cambridge met his wife while attending St. Andrews University in 2003 and the gift incident occurred very early on in their relationship.
The couple got married in 2011 and have since welcomed three children: Prince George, 7, Princess Charlotte, 5, and Prince Louis, 2. In the podcast, William also touched upon the importance of mental health, which has become a major talking point as the world continues to battle with the pandemic that has shaken the world for close to six months now. According to Today, he 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."
According to Us Weekly, the prince has since gotten better in the gifting department and even planned a camping-themed BBQ party for Prince George's birthday on July 22. Organized in the Cambridge’s country home, Anmer Hall in Norfolk, England, where the family has been quarantining, the party was a hit. A source told the magazine: "[William] and Kate surprised the birthday boy with a yurt as his gift, and he received a new bicycle from Charlotte and Louis. William wants to keep the kids busy over the summer holidays, so he’s planning to build furniture for the yurt with George."
The Duchess too has taken her gifting to the "next level" the outlet quipped after she made him a steak dish for his birthday back in June. "Kate made William’s favorite steak dish, while the kids had burgers," adding that the Duchess went all in to make everyone happy.