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Prince George’s love for dancing that he shares with Princess Diana

The young Prince George looks the spitting image of his father, but there’s one trait that he shares closely with his late grandmother, Princess Diana.

Being a member of the Royal Family and the future king, Prince George probably has access to more sports, hobbies and activities than most kids his age.

His father Prince William revealed it was dancing that had caught the attention of the youngster.

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Prince George is said to enjoy dancing

At an event for BBC Radio 1’s Teen Awards, Prince William chatted to a young dancer about his son’s interest in the art.

He said: “George is doing dancing as well, he loves it. My mother used to dance, she loved dancing.

“If it’s something you love, you do what you love. And it’s very rewarding.

“Don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise. You keep at it.”

Prince George's love for dancing that he shares with Princess Diana
Wayne Sleep dancer meets Princess Diana in 1987 at Palladium Theatre London after Woman Golden Jubilee Concert

William’s mother, Princess Diana, had been a keen dancer who had even taken private lessons with ballet dancer Wayne Sleep.

In 1985 Diana performed a duet with the professional dancer, reportedly as a surprise for her husband Prince Charles.

Wayne told the Guardian: “We met in a rehearsal studio in west London. She was in leg-warmers and a leotard.

“My first thought was, she’s too tall to dance with me, I’ll be a laughing stock: I’m 5ft 2in and she’s 5ft 11in.

“But I soon realised she had a good sense of humour, and that we could have some fun with our height difference.

“She’d already decided on the music: Billy Joel’s ‘Uptown Girl.’”

“She loved the freedom dancing gave her. A few days later, I got a letter. She wrote: ‘Now I understand the buzz you get from performing,’” Wayne said.

Unfortunately, it was reported that the surprise performance didn’t go down too well, and instead Charles allegedly accused Diana of “showing off”.

The announcement that Prince George was taking up ballet also received some negative comments from others, which forced an American TV host to publicly apologise.

After it was revealed George would be taking ballet as part of his school curriculum, Good Morning America anchor Lara Spencer appeared to mock the youngster by saying: “I have news for you Prince William, we’ll see how long that lasts.”

Prince George's love for dancing that he shares with Princess Diana

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The comments led to loud laughter from her fellow hosts, but led to backlash online.

She was forced to apologise after receiving messages from male ballet dancers calling her out for her attitude, leading to her writing on her Instagram: “My sincere apologies for an insensitive comment I made in pop news yesterday. From ballet to anything one wants to explore in life, I say GO FOR IT. I fully believe we should all be free to pursue our passions. Go climb your mountain – and love every minute of it.”

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