Prince William is in the process of learning Welsh, he has revealed, as he completes his first visit to the nation since receiving the title Prince of Wales. The heir to the throne said he had already got to grips with the Welsh word for “tea”, or “paned”.
Speaking to Reverend Steven Bunting in Swansea, the Prince of Wales discussed his attempts to pick up the language on Tuesday.
The Reverend then commented that the prince was showing indicators of real commitment to the country.
He said: “We already know they [William and Kate] love Wales, but having them here has been amazing and is an early sign, I think, of their commitment to Wales.
“They’ve blown us away by speaking to every person young and old, it shows how wholly committed they are to their role as Prince and Princess of Wales.
“The Prince of Wales was even talking about learning Welsh, and said he’d learned the word ‘paned’ meaning cup of tea and ‘bara brith’.
“I think he’s taking being Prince of Wales very, very seriously.”
King Charles III, the longest-serving Prince of Wales, visited Cardiff for his official proclamation as monarch shortly after the Queen’s death.
He attended a session at the Senedd, in which he addressed its members with an address partly spoken in Welsh.
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A petition calling for the title to be abolished has exceeded 35,000 signatures, with the page calling it an “insult to Wales”, and a “symbol of historical oppression”.
A royal source said the new Prince and Princess of Wales “will approach their new roles in the way that they have approached their other work; in their own way”.
This means that they will look to deepen “the trust and respect of the people of Wales”, which may mean a scaled-down or even bypassed investiture ceremony.
The investiture ceremony of a 20-year-old Charles as Prince of Wales back in 1969 proved highly controversial, sparking protests and even bomb plots as it took place at Caernarfon Castle.
A new YouGov poll revealed on Monday that a majority of Britons support Prince William taking on the title, but far less back an opulent ceremony in the style of 1969.
A statement from Kensington Palace said the couple were approaching their new roles with “humility and great respect”.
It added: “The Prince and Princess look forward to celebrating Wales’s proud history and traditions as well as a future that is full of promise.
“They will seek to live up to the proud contribution that members of the Royal Family have made in years past.”