The Duke of Cambridge said listening to Thunderstruck wakes him up and puts him in a good mood to start a new working week. Prince William also said he loves to listen to Tina Turner’s cover of The Best
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Prince William has revealed his favourite song on Monday mornings is the “head-banging” AC/DC track Thunderstruck.
The Duke of Cambridge said the single, released by the Australian rock band in 1990, is his “best tonic” to begin a new working week.
The heir to the throne shared the personal details while speaking in the new Apple Fitness+ podcast Time to Walk.
He said: “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.”
William, 39, added: “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.”
The Duke of Cambridge also revealed he often listens to Tina Turner’s 1989 cover of Bonnie Tyler’s The Best.
He said the song reminds him of a “real family moment” driving to school with his mum Diana and his brother Prince Harry.
William explained his three children – Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, seven, and Prince Louis, three – have 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.
He said: “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.”
In the podcast, the Duke also spoke about the importance of walking for him and his family, in the hope of encouraging other people to get active and take some time for their mental health.
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During the recording, made in the spring, the Duke also opened up on his experience working as an air ambulance pilot and said that dealing with children involved in road traffic incidents made him understand the importance of talking about anxiety to improve your mental health.
Speaking of a particular incident, he said: “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.
“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 was not paid for his involvement in the Time To Walk podcast, but chose three charities offering support for those in crisis or emotional turmoil – and each of them will 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.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.