Learning a foreign language is not a requirement in the royal family. Even Prince George and Princess Charlotte are already on their way to becoming bilingual – and they are right on the built-in tutor. Prince William is one of the most impressive linguists in the royal family and knew at least five foreign languages (of which he is fluent!).
What languages does Prince William speak?
Princ William, like his children, began to learn a foreign language at a young age – partly because his father wished he was fluent in Welsh before becoming the prince of Wales. But while some members of the royal family know one or two languages, the duke of Cambridge has beaten them five (and possibly more). Which languages does Prince William speak? Find out, below.
Many members of the royal family, including Prince William, are fluent in French. The Duke of Cambridge along with Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Prince Edward, Princess Anne and Prince Andrew speak all the languages. Apparently Kate Middleton also knows the language, and Meghan Markle may also know a little.
Although he is not fluent, Prince William knew a little Swahili. The Duke of Cambridge taught the language of his university year and even spoke on a royal visit to Tanzania.
Learning to speak Welsh is an important part of Prince William's training for his future Prince of Wales attitude. In fact, he has trained almost all his life for the role. According to a report from BBC the Duke of Cambridge planned to spend about six months in Wales after completing St. Andrews in Scotland. "I am knowing that when he finishes at St. Andrews University, he comes to Wales for at least six months to learn the language. He wants to learn it in preparation for the days when he of course also becomes Prince of Wales , "royal biographer Brian Hoey shared with the publication prior to his stay.
While it is unclear whether the future Prince of Wales actually visited Wales after graduating, Prince William was already familiar with the language of college. He claimed that he began to teach Welsh in Eton in 1999 when Prince Charles was "eager" for Prince William to become fluent in the language before crowning him the Prince of Wales.
Besides the Welsh, at Prince William also some Gaelic. It is unclear whether the Duke of Cambridge is fluent in the language or if he is more familiar with Scottish or Irish Gaelic (also known as Irish).