On his wedding day, Prince William kissed his new wife Kate (twice!) on the balcony at Buckingham Palace as the world watched. But at the Summer Olympic Games in London, where the royal couple have been enthusiastic spectators at various events, William apparently prefers not to steal the spotlight from the Olympians.
“I was absolutely dreading they were going to come and show myself and my wife and that would have been very embarrassing,” William says of a kiss cam at the Olympic Velodrome, where the royals watched Scottish cyclist Sir Chris Hoy win gold and set a new world record in the men’s team sprint.
“That was absolutely fantastic, the world records being beaten and the atmosphere in there was electric,” William said in an interview, alongside Prince Harry, to the BBC of the golden moment.
In the interview, the brothers, who are also Olympic ambassadors, praised the British public, the military and volunteers for their work at the Games. They also expressed pride for their cousin Zara Phillips, who won silver as part of the five-member British equestrian team.
“We as cousins are very, very proud,” Harry said. “It now explains why we never get to see her because she is always riding.”
The princes also said they had no idea their grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, was going to participate in the Opening Ceremonies.
“Both of us were slightly surprised with our grandmother’s secret hobby of parachuting,” Harry said of the moment when the Queen appeared to jump out of a helicopter above the Olympic Stadium with Bond star Daniel Craig.
“We were kept completely in the dark about it, that’s how big the secret was,” William said, adding, “She did such a good performance that she’s been asked to star in the next Bond film. I’m thrilled for her.”