Prince Charles makes swipe at son William over his role

That's a bit harsh!

The Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cambridge, the Duchess of Sussex and the Duke of Sussex arriving to attend the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk
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Prince Charles' swipe was a cheeky one aimed at son William over an important role he was given, after his harsh words were recently unearthed.

The Prince of Wales took a jab at his eldest son when he was made president of the FA and implied that his son wasn't worthy of the job.

In the unearthed interview with TV Presenters Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly to commemorate the Trust's 30th anniversary, Charles took a sneaky swipe at William.

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William and dad Charles appeared together for the show and as the group talked about football, and the Duke of Cambridge admitted he was enjoying his new role as FA Presidency. He said: "Yeah, it's a great job - loads of free tickets."

But Charles was quick to add, "They must be very desperate to have him."

His sense of humour was appreciated by Ant and Dec, as they, along with Charles' youngest son Prince Harry, gave a roar of laughter.

But Prince William proved he can take a joke and replied, "Well, exactly."

And continued, "But no, it's a real privilege to be the President of the FA."

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The princes are known to have had lots of banter with their father over the years. Back in October, Prince William, 38, admitted his father's passion for the environment had not always been in vogue - with 71-year-old Prince Charles even saying himself his ideas had seemed "dotty" in the past.

Speaking alongside Sir David Attenborough on BBC Radio 4, Prince William joked, "I regularly wonder what my father’s banging on about. I’m sure every son thinks the same."

Selina Maycock
Selina Maycock

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 14 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for GoodtoKnow, Woman&Home and My Imperfect Life.

Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. Having spent the start of her career working on local newspapers and online, Selina spent six years as Acting News Editor and Entertainment Reporter at the Scunthorpe Telegraph where she dug into hard news stories, conducted interviews, covered court reporting, features, and entertainment, whilst going to gigs in her spare time.

Whilst at the paper she was awarded an O2 Media Judges' Special Award for helping a terminally ill cancer sufferer realise his dying wish and marry his childhood sweetheart through a successful newspaper campaign. Things like this are close to her heart when it comes to using journalism to make a positive difference in people's lives.

Selina later branched further into all things celebrity to became a Showbiz Writer at Heat magazine, covering red carpet events, showbiz parties, and various launches before going freelance for two years. One of her biggest celebrity achievements - aside from generating celebrity exclusives - was interviewing Take That (including Robbie Williams) and bumping into Simon Cowell so much at events she told him 'I'm calling you my showbiz dad!'

In 2017 she joined TI Media as a senior reporter on Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, Woman's Weekly celebrity desk before branching online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first.

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