People.com Royals Prince William Reveals the Awkward Gift He Gave Kate Middleton While Dating: 'It Didn't Go Well' Prince William's gift-giving skills have come a long way! By Stephanie Petit Stephanie Petit Stephanie Petit is a Royals Writer/Reporter at PEOPLE. She has been with the brand since 2016 after graduating from The College of New Jersey and holding previous positions at Seventeen, CBS Radio and more. Follow the proud dog mom on Twitter at @stephpetit_ for the latest on Queen Elizabeth's corgis. People Editorial Guidelines Published on July 29, 2020 11:33 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Even royals struggle to find the perfect gift! Prince William spoke with former soccer star Peter Crouch for his podcast That Peter Crouch Podcast, and the royal had a funny story about a pair of binoculars he gifted Kate Middleton during their dating years. "That was early on in the courtship that was. I wrapped them. They were really nice," he recalled. "I was trying to convince myself about it. I was like, 'But these are really amazing, look how far you can see!' She was looking at me going, 'They’re binoculars, what's going on?’ It didn't go well. Honestly, I have no idea why I bought her a pair of binoculars." Prince William and Kate Middleton. PA Images William chatted with Crouch over beer and curry snacks at Kensington Palace in March and followed up with a recent video call as a prelude to the upcoming end of the soccer season. This Saturday’s FA Cup final, between Arsenal and Chelsea, is a high point in William's Heads Up mental health campaign, which has been running throughout the current season. In fact, the game has been renamed the Heads Up FA Cup Final. All About Kate Middleton's Iconic Sheer Dress That Caught Prince William's Attention in College Prince William speaks to Peter Crouch on "That Peter Crouch Podcast". Kensington Palace Prince William is a soccer fan himself, passing on his love of the team Aston Villa onto his children — and perhaps raising a future star in 7-year-old son Prince George. When asked by Crouch whether he thought George could one day be Aston Villa's all-time leading goal scorer, William, 38, happily responded, "Definitely, I reckon he could. I reckon he could be their all-time leading goal scorer. I can see no reason why not. It would be brilliant.” Kate Middleton and Prince William's Road from College Sweethearts to Royal Family of 5 And he hopes that George will get as much enjoyment from watching his favorite team as he has done for more than 20 years. "I’m trying not to persuade him to be a Villa fan – I’m letting him choose his own way. It’s about finding what fits for him,” William said. Prince George, Prince William, Kate Middleton and Princess Charlotte at Aston Villa game. Stephen Pond/Getty Images Can't get enough of PEOPLE's Royals coverage? Sign up for our free Royals newsletter to get the latest updates on Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and more! George and younger sister Princess Charlotte attended a match with William and Kate last year when they went to see Villa take on Norwich in October. "We tried to slip in there quietly but the cameras picked us up. Best game of Villa’s season! It ended 5-1," the prince shared.