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Prince William Reveals Prince George's New Hobby And It Was Diana's Favorite Too

Like most members of the royal family, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, like to keep many aspects of their family life as private as possible.

However, every once in a while, the proud parents of sons Prince George, 5, and Prince Louis, 6 months, and daughter Princess Charlotte, 3, make exceptions and share small details about their adorable children.

Over the years, we've come to learn a lot about the young heirs, such as their favorite movies (George is a fan of The Lion King), foods they enjoy (Charlotte loves pasta), and books they like to read (Fireman Sam's Favorite Tales is a favorite in the Cambridge household).

Last week, during the Radio 1 Teen Heroes reception hosted by William and Kate at the Kensington Palace, William shared another fun tidbit about his oldest son.

While speaking with a 14-year-old named Junior, a break dancer and advocate against bullying, the doting father revealed that "George is doing dancing as well" and that "he loves it."

It turns out, the future king has been getting familiar with the dance floor through lessons offered at his school, Thomas Battersea.

Students in Year 1 get a 35-minute ballet lesson every week, and it follows the Royal Academy of Dance Pre-Primary in Dance syllabus. The class, which is accompanied by a live pianist, helps students develop their dance skills as well as their stamina, musicality, and creativity.

But George isn't the only one in the family with dancing skills.

Earlier this year, both the duke and duchess revealed that Charlotte "absolutely loves" to dance.

It seems like George and Charlotte's passion for dance may have been inherited from their late grandmother Princess Diana.

"My mother always used to dance, [she] loved dancing," William told Junior. He added, "And if it’s something you love, you do what you love. Don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise. Keep at it."

As for William, he took after his mother in many ways, but he wasn't gifted with her dance abilities. He joked that he can only do one kind of break dancing where "I break myself."

You can watch the exchange starting around the 1:02 mark:

Diana also studied ballet when she was young and wanted to become a professional dancer. Unfortunately, she was deemed too tall for the profession so she had no choice but to give up her dream.

"She had dance in her soul. I realized the pure enjoyment that it gave her. She loved the freeness of being able to move and dance... I could see it helped to alleviate her emotional life," Anne Allan, Diana's ballet teacher told The Sun in 2017.

Lady Di has been photographed and filmed dancing on numerous occasions, but her most famous dance moment was when she partnered up with John Travolta and danced to the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack at President Reagan's White House Gala in 1985.

Princess Diana and John Travolta
Princess Diana and John Travolta danced to the 'Saturday Night Fever' soundtrack at President Reagan's White House Gala in 1985. Wikimedia Commons/US Federal Government

The moment was so iconic that the black gown she wore became known as the "Travolta dress."

A few years ago Travolta discussed the special night in an interview with the Telegraph, and praised Diana's "strong" dance skills.

"I’d seen her dance with [Prince] Charles beforehand so I knew that she was strong," the Grease star explained.

It's really comforting to know that pieces of Diana are reflected in her grandchildren and that her memory will continue to live on through them.

Awa has been writing for Shared for 3 years. She is a serial snacker who unapologetically loves celebrity gossip. Drop her a line at awa@shared.com.