Music is a fundamental element in the life, current and past, of William of England. This is how the prince confesses this Sunday in an interview with the British newspaper The Times, in which he recalls that some of the funniest and most endearing family moments of his childhood were spent on the one-way trips to school, with his mother, Diana de Gales, at the wheel and singing “at the top of her lungs.” In addition, he relates that his own children have inherited their grandmother’s melomania, but that what they like is Shakira’s rhythm and, especially, her dances.
“My mother drove and sang at the top of her lungs. One day we would even put the policeman in the car and, from time to time, we would also make him sing. We were laughing and listening to music until the school door ”, Guillermo says in the interview. “One of the songs that I remember frequently and has stayed with me all this time, and that to this day I still secretly enjoy, is The best, by Tina TurnerBecause sitting in the back seat of the car and singing was one of the great family moments ”.
During the unusual conversation, carried out along a walk through the gardens of Sandringham Palace – where the royal family meets at Christmas – the musical confessions of Guillermo, 39, assures that his children, Jorge, Carlota and Luis , aged eight, six and three, have inherited their taste for songs, something that sows joy —and discord— the daily life of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. “Most mornings there is a big fight between Carlota and Jorge about what song to play,” he says, while revealing that one of the current favorites it is Waka waka, by the Colombian Shakira. “There are a lot of hip movements, a lot of costumes. Carlota particularly runs around the kitchen with her dresses and her ballet things. She goes completely crazy with Luis following her, trying to do the same. They are happy moments in which the children enjoy dancing, playing and singing ”, he says.
As for him, he claims that he shudders when he remembers the moment he joined to Jon Bon Jovi and Taylor Swift in 2013 to perform the famous song Livin ‘on a prayer of the American singer during a charity gala for the homeless. “I was sitting next to Taylor Swift and she turned to me, put her hand on my arm, looked me in the eye and said, ‘Come on Guillermo, let’s sing.’ Until today I still don’t know what happened to me. But frankly, if Taylor Swift looks you in the eye, touches your arm and says, ‘Come with me. Sounds like a great idea to me, I’ll follow you. ‘ I went on stage in a trance and then halfway to Livin ‘on a prayer, of Bon Jovi, I woke up and said to myself: ‘Am I up on stage singing Livin ‘on a prayerWhen I don’t even know the lyrics? “The young boys and girls of Centrepoint [el nombre de la asociación] They were there raving and cheering, so I thought, ‘If they’re enjoying it, fuck it, I can’t be the fool to go and screw it up.’
The memory of this anecdote, Guillermo explains, is not accidental. By doing this you want to encourage people not to judge their own image too much. “When they take you out of your comfort zone, you have to move on. I think we have reached a point where we judge ourselves. We worry about how we see ourselves on social media, who said what about me, and what we’re wearing. There is too much pressure. And I think it’s okay to make a fool of yourself; it’s okay not to take yourself too seriously and have those moments where you just let yourself go. So, yes, go on, laugh, don’t run away and watch my singing video, ”he advises. Jon Bon Jovi’s well-known song is not the only rock song that inspires the Duke of Cambridge, who believes that “the best tonic for a Monday morning” is Thunderstruck, of the AC / DC band.
The musical conversation of the eldest son of Diana of Wales and Charles of England has taken place as part of an Apple Music campaign called Time to walk (Time to walk, in Spanish) and with which he wants to encourage people to walk to take care of physical and mental health, the latter, an aspect that in recent months has gained relevance and on which he has also wanted to comment from his own experience, as his brother Enrique has done on several occasions. Guillermo recalls, for example, that while he served as an air ambulance pilot between 2015 and 2017, he took “people’s trauma home” and saw “broken patients and families”. The turning point was, he recalls, following a call to attend to a seriously injured child who had been hit by a car. “I went home that beautiful night upset inside. I felt that something had changed. I felt a real tension inside of me. I realized weeks later. It was as if someone had put a key in a lock and opened it without my permission to do so. I felt like the whole world was dying … I kept looking at myself and thinking ‘Why do I feel this way? Why do I feel so sad? ‘ and then I started to realize that I was taking people’s trauma home … and it was getting to me. “
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Guillermo from England reveals that his family are fans of Shakira and talks about Carlota’s “hip movements and costumes”