Appearing on the Apple Fitness + podcast Time to Walk, Prince William recalled the moment he got up on stage at a charity dinner to sing the rock classic Livin’ On A Prayer with Taylor Swift and Jon Bon Jovi
Prince William has revealed pop superstar Taylor Swift led him “like a puppy” up onto a stage for a surprise singing performance at a charity dinner.
The second-in-line to the throne shared a microphone with the Grammy award-winning singer at a Kensington Palace charity function in 2013, as the pair joined Jon Bon Jovi on stage for a rendition of his classic hit Livin’ On A Prayer.
And a video of the impromptu performance, which came during a fundraiser for the homeless charity Centrepoint, of which William is patron, went viral at the time.
Now speaking on a special episode of the Apple Fitness + podcast Time to Walk, which is available from today, William recalled how he still doesn’t know how he ended up on stage singing.
He said: “I can’t believe I’m actually telling you this story… I turn up and Jon Bon Jovi and Taylor Swift are at the event, which nearly knocked me off my feet.”
He continued: “When I sat down to watch Jon Bon Jovi do his performance, I thought, ‘That’s it. My job is done. I’ll get a dinner in a minute, and I might be able to have a chat to some people, and, you know, I’m off-duty a little bit now.’
“Little did I think what was going to happen next. I’m sat next to Taylor Swift.
“She’s on my left – and after Jon does his first song, there’s a pause and she turns to me.
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“She puts her hand on my arm, looks me in the eye and says, ‘Come on, William. Let’s go and sing’.
“To this day, I still do not know what came over me. Honestly, even now I’m cringing at what happened next, and I don’t understand why I gave in.
“But, frankly, if Taylor Swift looks you in the eye, touches your arm and says, ‘Come with me…’ I got up like a puppy and went, ‘Yeah, OK, that seems like a great idea. I’ll follow you.’
“I walked up on stage in a trance and then sort of halfway through Jon Bon Jovi’s Livin’ On A Prayer song, I wake up.
“And I’m thinking to myself, ‘Am I standing on the stage singing Livin’ On A Prayer when I don’t even know the words?’
“But the Centrepoint young guys and girls were there, all loving it and cheering away.
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“So I thought, ‘Well, if they’re enjoying it, then the night is for them. So sod it. I can’t be the doofus who’s going to ruin it for everyone’.”
The podcast sees William share his favourite memories, songs and life moments in a new podcast while taking a walk through the English countryside to promote mental wellbeing.
Prince William’s walk takes him through his family’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, where his family will once again this year join the Queen and the rest of the royal family for Christmas.
Starting at Sandringham House, William walks past St. Mary Magdalene Church where the royals usually take a short walk to on Christmas Day and ends at his family’s home of Anmer Hall on the 20,000-acre estate.
During the episode, William, 39, also talked about the importance of keeping mentally fit, the value of listening as a way to empower others and an experience during his time as an air ambulance pilot that led him to prioritise mental health.
He also chooses three of his favourite songs and explains why they are important to him.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.