Learning a foreign language is part of the royal family’s protocol. However, some of the queen’s family members are more fluent than others. Not to mention: A few of them know up to five languages. How many languages can Prince William speak? Find out, plus the one language he must know before becoming the British heir, ahead.
The future king is quite the linguist. Apparently, Prince William can speak five languages, including English. Take a closer look at his linguistic proficiency, below.
French is one language many members of the royal family, including Prince William, have mastered. According to reports, the future heir to the British throne can speak French with ease.
Africa holds a lot of memories for Prince William. So, it comes of no surprise that the Duke of Cambridge can speak a little Swahili. The language can be heard throughout several African countries, including Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, and Tanzania.
As the future Prince of Wales, Prince William must learn enough Welsh to converse with those fluent in the language. It’s unclear how fluent he is in Welsh, but the Duke of Cambridge can speak the language.
In preparation for becoming Prince of Wales, Prince Charles also learned Welsh as a young boy. While he’s not fluent, he allegedly knows enough to get by.
In addition to Welsh, Prince William also knows a little Gaelic. His Royal Highness likely speaks the language — or phrases — while visiting parts of Northern Ireland and Scotland. Prince Charles can also speak Gaelic.
What languages do other members of the royal family speak?
Prince William isn’t the only one with impressive linguistic skills. In addition to the Duke of Cambridge, several members of the royal family can speak foreign languages and are even fluent in some. Here are all the languages spoken by the British royal family.
Prince William knows French, but he’s not the only one. His great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth is fluent in the language and learned as a young girl (her tutor and governess, Marion Crawford likely taught her). Like his wife, Prince Philip can also speak French — and so can their children. Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, and Princess Anne all speak French.
Apparently, Meghan Markle also knows a little French, but her fluency is unclear.
German isn’t the most popular foreign language in the royal family, but Prince Philip is fluent in it. According to reports, the Duke of Edinburgh grew up speaking the language, as it was one of the languages spoken by his family members.
Prince George and Princess Charlotte are currently learning the second most spoken language in the world, Spanish in school. In addition, their Spanish-speaking nanny, Maria Turrion Borrallo helps tutor them.
One member of the royal family knows a little Tagalog, aka the language of the Philippines. While visiting Edinburgh with Prince Harry, Meghan Markle was overheard saying “Salamat Po,” which means “thank you” in the foreign language. It’s likely that the Duchess of Sussex might only know a few words and phrases in Tagalog.
Some royals even speak Russian. Prince Michael of Kent and his wife, Princess Michael both know the foreign language.