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Albeit not a requirement, learning a foreign language is common in the royal family. Even Prince George and Princess Charlotte are already on their way to becoming bilingual — and they have quite the built-in tutor. Prince William is one of the most impressive linguists in the royal family and allegedly knows at least five foreign languages (some of which he is fluent in!).

What languages does Prince William speak?

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Just like his children, Prince William started learning a foreign language at a young age — partly because his father wanted him to be fluent in Welsh before becoming the Prince of Wales. But while some members of the royal family know one or two languages, the Duke of Cambridge has them beat with five (and possibly more). What 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 all speak the language. Apparently, Kate Middleton also knows the language and Meghan Markle might know a little, too.


While he is not fluent, Prince William allegedly knows a little Swahili. The Duke of Cambridge taught himself the language in his college years and even spoke it while on a royal visit to Tanzania.


Learning to speak Welsh is an important part of Prince William’s training for his future Prince of Wales position. In fact, he has been training nearly all his life for the role. According to a 2003 report from BBC, the Duke of Cambridge planned to spend around six months in Wales after graduating from St Andrews in Scotland. “I happen to know that, when he finishes at  St Andrews University, he is coming to Wales for at least six months, to learn the language. He wants to learn that in preparation for the days when he of course also becomes Prince of Wales,” royal biographer Brian Hoey shared with the publication ahead of his stay.

While it’s unclear if the future Prince of Wales actually visited Wales after his graduation, Prince William was already familiar with the language in college. He allegedly started learning Welsh at Eton in 1999, as Prince Charles was “anxious” for Prince William to become fluent in the language before crowning him Prince of Wales.


In addition to Welsh, Prince William also knows some Gaelic. It’s unclear whether or not the Duke of Cambridge is fluent in the language or if he is more familiar with the Scottish or Irish Gaelic (which is also called Irish).


Some reports claim that Prince William might also know a little Spanish — which is the language his children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte are currently learning. If that’s the case, the future king knows six languages (including English). Talk about impressive!

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Prince William isn’t the only royal with knowledge of numerous foreign languages. His father, Prince Charles can also speak around four languages (including French, Welsh, and Gaelic) and his grandfather, Prince Philip grew up in a family that spoke German, French, and English.

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