Prince William Admits He’s Trying To Get His Kids To Play Tennis And Soccer

Prince William and Kate Middleton seemed to thoroughly enjoy their joint outing to the Wimbledon match. And it turns out the royal dad is hoping his love of tennis encourages his kids to fall in love with the sport, too.

While speaking to Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic, Prince William admitted that he’s trying to get his kids to take up tennis and “football,” as the Brits call it.

“Trying to get a tennis racket in their hand — and a football,” the dad told the tennis star when asked how his kids were doing.

Wimbledon caught the exchange on camera and posted a video to Instagram:

According to, Prince William excelled at sports in school, especially swimming. He’s also the President of the Football Association in England, no big deal. And just recently he scored three goals in a charity polo match. This dad clearly has a love of sports and, by the looks of it, he’s hoping to pass on that passion to his three little ones.

Meanwhile, Middleton is no stranger to sports, either. She’s been known to ski and, according to Shape Magazine, she played field hockey, tennis and ran cross country in school. Since then, Middleton’s said that she loves spending quality time outdoors with her children.

In a letter to East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, the mom of three opened up about what she “cherishes” most as a mother:

“Spending quality time together is such an important aspect of family life and for me, as a mother, it is the simple family moments like playing outside together that I cherish,” she wrote.

So staying active with their kids is definitely a priority for the royal parents. They even took ski trips together as a family before welcoming baby number three:

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Of course, while a love of sports would be great, Prince William and Middleton have also given a lot of thought to what else they hope to impart to their children, and Prince William has shared how important he feels it is to make sure his kids grow up to be “good people”:

“I’m concentrating very much on my role as a father,” Prince William told ABC News back in 2016. “I’m a new father and I take my duties and my responsibilities to my family very seriously, and I want to bring my children up as good people with the idea of service and duty to others as very important.”

And if they happen to end up so well-rounded that they also play tennis or soccer in their spare time — so be it!

The royal family definitely seems to be on the right track to raising a beautiful, loving family.