It is not a requirement to learn a foreign language is common in the royal family. Even Prince George and Princess Charlotte are already getting bilingual – and they have quite the built-in tutor. Prince William is one of the most impressive linguists in the royal family and is alleged to have at least five foreign languages (of which he is fluent!).
Which languages does Prince William speak?
Like his children, Prince William began learning a foreign language at a young age – partly because his father wanted him to be fluent in Welsh before becoming Prince of Wales. But while some members of the royal family know one or two languages, the Duke of Cambridge has them beat 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 language. Apparently Kate Middleton also knows the language and Meghan Markle may also feel a bit.
While not fluent, Prince William allegedly knows a little Swahili. The Duke of Cambridge learned the language during his colleges and even talked about it on a royal visit to Tanzania.
Learning to speak Welsh is an important part of Prince William's education for his future Prince of Wales position. In fact, he has trained almost his entire life for the role. According to a report from BBC the Duke of Cambridge planned to spend about six months in Wales after graduating from St Andrews in Scotland. "I happen to know 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 to prepare the days when he obviously also becomes Prince of Wales," royal biographer Brian Hoey shared with the publication before his stay.
Although 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 was allegedly starting to learn Welsh at Eton in 1999, because Prince Charles was "anxious" for Prince William to become fluent in the language before violating him Prince of Wales.
In addition to Welsh, Prince William also knows some Gaelic. It is unclear whether the Duke of Cambridge is fluent in the language or whether he is more familiar with Scottish or Irish Gaelic (also known as Irish).