Prince William joins Peter Crouch to talk about his Heads Up campaign

Prince William says he could see Prince George becoming ‘Aston Villa’s top goal scorer’ as he drinks beer and eats takeaway curry with Peter Crouch on the footballer’s podcast to discuss his Heads Up campaign

  • Prince William, 38, has taken part in a special episode of Peter Crouch’s podcast 
  • Duke of Cambridge insisted that ‘it’s a strength to talk about your mental health’
  • Added he thinks Prince George could be Aston Villa’s ‘all time top goalscorer’ 
  • Also joked he’s not allowed near Kensington Palace’s Twitter account as he served the England striker curry and drank beer 

Prince William served curry and drank beer with Peter Crouch as he took part in a special episode of the footballer’s podcast to talk about his Heads Up campaign and discuss his experiences as a football fan. 

The Duke of Cambridge, 38, even joked about Prince George’s future footall career, saying that not only could he see his son playing for his beloved Aston Villa, but that he could also become their top goal scorer. 

William invited the striker, 39, and the co-hosts of BBC Radio Five Live’s That Peter Crouch Podcast, Tom Fordyce and Chris Stark, to his Kensington Palace home in March, before they finished the episode via video call earlier this month.

In a clip from the episode, William joked there must be ‘an Uber driver out there on the floor being frisked’ after he brought Peter, Chris, and Tom a curry from Samrat Indian Restaurant in Ealing, west London, which was delivered to Kensington Palace.

Available today, the podcast release comes after details from Finding Freedom, the new bombshell book on Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan Markle, 38, was revealed at the weekend – laying bare the fractious relationship between the royal brothers. 

Prince William has taken part in a special episode of Peter Crouch’s podcast to talk about his Heads Up campaign. William invited Peter, as well as hosts Tom Fordyce and Chris Stark, to his Kensington Palace home, pictured, in March before finishing the episode via video call earlier this month

The Duke of Cambridge (pictured earlier this month), 38, insisted ‘it’s a strength to talk about your mental health, not a weakness’ when appearing on the BBC Radio Five Live’s That Peter Crouch Podcast

Entitled That Prince William Episode, the podcast sees the duke, Peter, Tom and Chris discuss the importance of talking about mental health, and the role that football can play in supporting people’s mental wellbeing.

In a clip shared to Kensington Palace’s Instagram this morning, William said that he could see Prince George being Aston Villa’s ‘all time top goal scorer’ after Chris asked him: ‘What if he [Prince George] got really good at football? Can he do the job at be up front for Villa?’

Ahead of the FA Cup Final on Saturday, the conversation also covers the return of the game during the coronavirus pandemic, and the duke’s experiences of playing football and watching matches as a fan.

When asked if what he would do if England had a ‘disastrous run of form’ Prince William said he would sack manager Gareth Southgate, much to the amusement of Peter. 

In a clip from the episode, William jokes there must be ‘an Uber driver out there on the floor being frisked’ after bringing Peter, Chris, and Tom a curry from Samrat Indian Restaurant in Ealing, west London. He is pictured bringing the curry to the table

Peter Crouch (left),  Tom Fordyce (centre) and Chris Stark (right) asked Prince William (standing) about his views on football and mental health

The Duke of Cambridge also reveals that he’s ‘not allowed anywhere near Kensington Palace’s Twitter’ but once took control of it after a particularly good game of football. 

‘They deliberately keep me away from that’ he explains. 

‘I have tried a couple times, when Liverpool did that amazing semi-final against Barcelona, I grabbed hold of the Twitter thing and I just posted it.

‘It was an amazing match, I was literally blown away by it. It was one of the best games of football I’ve ever seen and I got completely out of control, I was like “tweet that, get it out!”‘ 

Chris Stark, who is best known for appearing alongside Scott Mills on Radio One, asked the Prince what would happen if Prince George became really good at football

The second-in-line added when his team Aston Villa have done well, he’s also felt the urge to tweet.

‘Nearly every Villa game we’ve won, which hasn’t been many this season, but nearly every Villa game, I’ve been trying to get hold of it and they keep me away. They keep me away from it now. I have to fight them for it!’ 

On the Heads Up campaign, William said: ‘We all have mental health, and we all have to stay mentally fit… It’s a strength to talk about your mental health, it’s not a weakness.

‘You know if you’re not feeling well, something’s bothering you, talk about it – it’s not a problem.’

In a clip shared to Kensington Palace’s Instagram this morning, William said that he could see Prince George being Aston Villa’s ‘all time top goal scorer’ alongside his royal duties

The duke added that he’d ‘met a lot of players’ and that it was ‘very interesting’ to meet the teams from different sports and see how they behave in a changing room. 

‘Whenever I go into an England team dressing room, there’s more pressure, you can feel it.

‘I don’t know what it is but guys find it a bit more difficult to relax. We talk about physical fitness, we all want to go to the gym and stay fit, but we never really talk about mental fitness, and it’s the same thing.

‘We all have mental health, and we all need to stay mentally fit and no more so than professional athletes, who under special circumstances, when you’re playing for England under huge pressure, you’ve got to have your head razor sharp, as well as your feet, your legs all that.

At 6ft 7in, Crouch is renowned for his tall, slim build, but Peter has previously admitted he struggled with his mental health as a teenager following the verbal abuse he suffered because of his height.

Discussing opening up about his mental health, Peter said: ‘I’m in the environment where it’s so male-orientated, and any weakness shown is an excuse not to make it. 

Yesterday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Instagram account teased the upcoming podcast with a photograph from the group session (pictured) 

Followers were sent into a frenzy speculating the meaning behind the photograph, with the social media account adding the caption (above): ‘Coming soon’

It comes after William (bottom right) made a video call with former England Captain David Beckham, England Women’s Captain Steph Houghton, Aston Villa player Tyrone Mings, Crystal Palace’s Andros Townsend and Everton Manager Carlo Ancelotti, for the Heads Up campaign

‘When I started talking about it and opened up, I did feel so much better, and that was just through talking.’

Peter previously appeared on the BBC’s documentary A Royal Team Talk alongside William in May 2019, in which the footballer opened up for the first time about his issues with his body image as a young adult. 

Heads Up is a season-long campaign spearheaded by William which uses the influence and popularity of football to show the nation that mental health is just as important as physical health.

William’s campaign appearance comes amid the explosive revelations from Finding Freedom that laid bare the troubled relationship between the prince and his brother Prince Harry.

William’s campaign appearance comes amid the explosive revelations from Finding Freedom that laid bare the troubled relationship between the prince and his brother Prince Harry. Pictured: Meghan, Prince Harry and Prince William on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on the 100th anniversary of the RAF, 2018

The Duke of Sussex, who is currently living in LA with his wife and their son Archie, one, took offence when his ‘snobby’ brother cautioned him not to rush into marrying Meghan Markle, the new Royal biography claims.

In the book, which will be released next month, authors Carolyn Durand and Omid Scobie repeat allegations that William questioned the speed at which his brother’s relationship with the American actress was moving.

Finding Freedom: Harry, Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family, has been written by royal watchers Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand

According to the biography, which is being serialised by The Times and The Sunday Times, Harry took offence when William told him: ‘Take as much time as you need to get to know this girl.’

Harry is said to have considered the choice of the words ‘this girl’ to be condescending.

‘In those last two words, ‘this girl’, Harry heard the tone of snobbishness that was anathema to his approach to the world,’ claims the book. ‘During his ten-year career in the military, outside the Royal bubble, he had learnt not to make snap judgments about people based on their accent, education, ethnicity, class or profession.’  

Excerpts of the hotly anticipated book lift the lid on the Sussexes’ exit from The Firm – but palace sources fear its account of Harry and Meghan’s grievances will make their rift with the Royals worse.  

The book provides an intimately detailed and personalised version of the events leading up to the Sussexes’ dramatic departure from royal life, with the co-authors insisting ‘all information in this book has at least two sources’. Harry and Meghan deny giving interviews.

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