ED composite of Prince George and Prince William at Wimbledon in 2022

Why Prince George ‘refused to follow William’s advice at Wimbledon’ in 2022

Just like his dad

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Prince George delighted royal fans with an attendance at Wimbledon in 2022 with his parents Prince William and Kate.

The now 10 year old saw Novak Djokovic triumph over Nick Kyrgios in the men’s singles final in July 2022.

Despite the tennis action, eyes were also on the Royal Box as the family sat together for the thrilling match.

Prince George observes the action at Wimbledon while Kate Middleton and Prince William applaud
Kate, George and William enjoyed a trip to Wimbledon in the summer of 2022 (Credit: Splashnews.com)

Admirers couldn’t get enough of George‘s interactions with his parents at Centre Court. He also melted hearts when meeting winner Djokovic behind the scenes.

And there was also an engaging ‘dad’ moment with William that also captivated observers.

However, according to one royal expert at the time, George at one point “refused to follow his father’s advice”.

Prince George and Prince William at Wimbledon

Correspondent Neil Sean claimed on YouTube that George turned to his dad in the Royal Box to say he was “too hot”.

According to reports, he suggested William responded by saying George could take his jacket off.

However, Mr Sean reportedly claimed George “refused” to do so.

And apparently that was because George preferred to remain in full dress, just like his father.

William and Kate, along with Prince George, congratulate Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon
The family congratulated Novak Djokovic (Credit: YouTube)

‘This is what George will have to get used to’

Mr Sean said: “[Prince George] liked to follow suit about what his father is doing.”

Furthermore, the reporter dismissed apparent criticism about the young royal being dressed so formally in hot conditions.

He wanted to be like his dad and keep his jacket on.

“To all those saying, it’s unfair, he’s an eight-year-old boy,” Mr Sean reportedly continued. “This is tradition. This is what George will have to get used to.

Prince George at the Men's Wimbledon final
Prince George kept his jacket on (Credit: SplashNews)

“He’s representing our monarch even at this very young age. But more importantly – what all little boys want to do – he wanted to be like his dad and keep his jacket on.

“When he got in the car of course, things were a little bit different.”

Wimbledon is currently taking place with coverage airing on BBC One and BBC Two on Sunday July 14, 2024.

Read more: Inside Princess Kate’s ‘close’ friendship with Wimbledon legend Roger Federer – from his Prince George lessons to ‘fun’ at tournament together 

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Robert Leigh
Freelance writer