They say boys will be boys and it appears that saying doesn’t exclude the future King of England! On Wednesday, June 6, Prince William visited the Isle of Man for the annual TT Motorcycle Races and met with support staff, volunteers, and members of the local community. He also had the chance to sit on a handbuilt Norton SG7, but luckily it wasn’t moving otherwise he could have been in a bit of trouble with his wife!
During the visit, William revealed that Kate Middleton was not too pleased about his trip. Which is fair enough seeing as the course is 38 miles long, notorious for its difficulty and danger, and on top of that, two people have been killed during the event. Whilst chatting with Laurence Skelly, the Isle of Man government’s minister for enterprise, William said, “When I said I was going to the Isle of Man for an official visit she said, ‘Really?'”
The prince has been a longtime fan of motorcycles — he passed his motorcycle driving test the first time at age 19 and even had his bike own worth an estimated $20,000. But since he became a dad, Prince William hasn’t been as much of a daredevil. “I’m a father-of-three, I have to tone it down,” he confessed. Though William did say it hasn’t been an easy adjustment. “I miss the big trips, for me biking was always about being with everybody else,” he added.
Triple World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea also told Hello! magazine that he had the chance to chat all things motorbikes with William during his MBE ceremony in November 2017. “I know he’s a bit of a motorcycle fan himself,” Rea said. “We talked about his bikes and the fact that he has put it on the back-burner a little bit because of his children now.”
Back when Prince George was just a baby, William couldn’t resist getting out on the road and his wife wasn’t happy about it then either! During a visit to Scotland back in 2015, Kate told a well-wisher, “He’s still riding it. It always fills me with horror when he goes out on it! I’m terrified. Hopefully, I’m going to keep George off it.”
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This post was written by Alex Lilly. It originally appeared on our sister site, Now to Love.