Prince William says Tina Turner song reminds him of drive to school with Diana and Harry

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Prince William opens up on a new Apple Music podcast called Time To Walk, and recalls driving to school with his late mum, Princess Diana, and brother Harry and ‘sitting in the backseat, singing away, it felt like a real family moment’

New pictures have been released as Prince William stars on Time to Walk
New pictures have been released as Prince William stars on Time to Walk

To Prince William, she will always be Simply the Best. And now the Duke of Cambridge has revealed he listens to Tina Turner to keep alive memories of his beloved mum.

In a new interview, Wills beamed about cranking up US legend Tina’s 1989 cover of Bonnie Tyler’s The Best. William, 39, said hearing the track takes him back to a “real family moment” driving to school with mum Prince Diana and brother Harry.

The heir to the throne went on to reveal he starts his Monday mornings by putting on AC/DC’s 1990 smash Thunderstruck.

The Prince said his children – Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, seven, and Prince Louis, three – have all inherited his love of music, although they often have fights in the morning battling to play their favourite songs, including a Shakira pop smash called Waka Waka.

William strolled around the Queen’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk, sharing personal stories and music as part of the Time To Walk series
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William, speaking on an Apple podcast called Time To Walk, tells listeners: “When I was younger, Harry and I, we were at boarding school. And my mother used to play all sorts of songs to kind of while away the anxiety of going back to school.

“And one of the songs I massively remember and has stuck with me all this time, and I still, to this day, still quite enjoy secretly, is Tina Turner’s ‘The Best’ because sitting in the backseat, singing away, it felt like a real family moment.

The Duke of Cambridge has followed in the footsteps of Dolly Parton and Naomi Campbell and recorded an audio walking tour to encourage the public to get active for their mental health
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“And my mother, she’d be driving along, singing at the top of her voice. And we’d even get the policeman in the car, he’d be occasionally singing along as well.

“You’d be singing and listening to the music right the way out into the gates of school, when they dropped you off. When I listen to it now, it takes me back to those car rides and brings back lots of memories of my mother.”


Prince William is a big fan of pop music – as was his mum Diana
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He added: “There’s nothing better than, on a Monday morning, when you’re a bit bleary-eyed after the weekend and trying to get yourself back into the grind of the week, listening to AC/DC, Thunderstruck.

“It absolutely wakes you up, puts your week in the best mood possible, and you feel like you can take on anything and anyone.

“I’d imagine you’re going to walk quite fast listening to it, maybe with a skip in your step, with the head-banging. It’s a difficult song not to dance to or to nod along to.

Paul Young, Tina Turner and Princess Diana in 1986
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“One of the songs that the children are loving at the moment is Shakira, Waka Waka. “There’s a lot of hip movements going along. There’s a lot of dressing up.

“Charlotte, particularly, is running around the kitchen in her dresses and ballet stuff and everything. She goes completely crazy with Louis following her around trying to do the same thing. It’s a really happy moment where the children just enjoy dancing, messing around, and singing.”

AC/DC song Thunderstruck is another of William’s favourites
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During the recording, made in the spring, the Duke reflects on how his experiences working as an air ambulance pilot and dealing with children involved in road traffic accidents, made him realise the importance of sharing your thoughts and anxieties to aid mental health.

Speaking of a particular incident, he added: “It really hit me weeks later. It was like someone had put a key in a lock and opened it without me giving permission to do that.

Princess Diana with sons William and Harry at the piano in Kensington Palace
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“I felt like the whole world was dying. It’s an extraordinary feeling. You just feel everyone’s in pain, everyone’s suffering. And that’s not me. I’ve never felt that before.

William’s brother Prince Harry has signed up to his own podcast with wife Meghan as part of a reported £25million deal with Spotify.

William was not paid for his involvement in the Time To Walk podcast.

Shakira is often played in the royal household
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A Tina Turner song helped William cope with anxiety
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Instead, he chose three charities offering support for those in crisis or emotional turmoil to each receive a five-figure donation from Apple.

The organisations are Shout, the text helpline service developed by William’s Royal Foundation, Crisis Text Line, which provides a similar service but globally, and the Australian charity Lifeline, which provides crisis support for people in emotional distress.

– Apple will stream three special audio airings of the Time To Walk episode featuring William free of charge on Apple Music 1, the global radio station on Apple Music, from Monday, December 6.

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