Fail! Prince William reveals the worst gift he gave Kate while they were dating

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Photo: Getty/Gallo Images)
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Photo: Getty/Gallo Images)

MOST of us get gift-giving wrong sometimes – and the future king of England is no different.

Early into his courtship with Kate, Prince William purchased a present for her that even he now describes as “embarrassing”, Independent reported.

Speaking in a recent interview on BBC Radio Five Live’s podcast show  The Peter Crouch Podcast, the Duke of Cambridge recalled the hilarious incident.

“I gave my wife a pair of binoculars once. She's never let me forget that. That was early on in the courtship, that was,” he said.

 “I think that sealed the deal, really. Yeah, I wrapped them.”

The 38-year-old prince revealed that he not only tried to convince himself that the binoculars were an exceptional gift but also Kate, who just wasn’t seeing the vision, PEOPLE reported

“I tried convincing myself about it. I was like, ‘Yeah, but these are really amazing, look how far you can see!’ And she's looking at me going, ‘They're binoculars, what's going on?’” William quipped.

"It didn't go well." 

When asked if Kate was a birdwatcher which was what motivated the gift, the royal confessed she wasn’t.

“No, honestly I have no idea why I bought her a pair of binoculars,” he added.

During this interview, the father of three also got candid about the complexities of home-schooling especially during this time.

“I find it pretty testing, I'm not going to lie, trying to keep the children engaged and interested in some sort of work, it's been an interesting few months,” he admitted.

“I’ve learnt my patience is a lot shorter than I thought it was ... and that my wife has a lot of patience.”

He further added that this was what enabled them to work well together.

“Basically, we're a good team tag session where I come in and have a chat with the children and try to get them to do stuff and then hand it over to Catherine when, frankly, everything's going wrong,” he said.  

“I have to say, I was a bit embarrassed with my maths knowledge. I can't do year two maths.”

Sources:  Independent, The Peter Crouch Podcast, PEOPLE, Town&Country, ET online

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