The new dad was at Windsor Castle to hand out awards on behalf of his grandma, Queen Elizabeth

By Simon Perry
Updated May 19, 2015 11:00 AM
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Prince William revealed a hidden musical talent Tuesday – he’s nifty on the bass guitar.

William, 32, shared his skill while talking to reggae star Brinsley Forde after awarding the musician an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in the Waterloo Chamber of Windsor Castle. The investiture, as such royal commendations are known, marked the second public event for William this week as the new dad returns to royal duties following the birth of his daughter, Princess Charlotte, on May 2.

“He said he’s handy on the bass,” Forde, of ’80s band Aswad, tells PEOPLE, “so you never know – we may have him playing bass soon.”

So what does he enjoy plucking along to? Reggae? “I don’t know. Watch this space! We might have him out there.”

The two dads swapped baby talk as Forde “congratulated him on Charlotte and we spent a little time talking, as my son Jermaine’s about to have a little one. So he congratulated me too.”

William, in his ceremonial Royal Air Force uniform, also shared a little update on his new daughter: “He said, ‘She’s fine, she’s good,’ ” Forde says.

Former Portsmouth soccer player Linvoy Primus was awarded an MBE for his charity Faith in Football, which uses the game to engage with young people in education, business and community projects.

It was a surprise to have William handing out the honors. “We knew Prince Charles was away, and then there was the possibility of [William] looking after the new baby, so I was a little bit surprised,” Primus tells PEOPLE.

“He said it was nice to award a footballer something like this for something other than football. And we spoke about Aston Villa and the FA Cup final coming up. He said he’s looking forward to it.

“As grand an occasion it is, he made you feel very comfortable and relaxed. He just wants to draw something out from each of us. It feels personal. At that moment it is just you and him talking.”

Sarah Hunter, vice captain of the victorious England women’s World Cup rugby team, said she and William talked about his pending duty Wednesday – to send off the England women’s soccer team to the World Cup in Canada.

“He was very chatty,” she says. “There’s a list of 60 odd people with different stories and backgrounds and to remember and talk about. He gave us all the time to cherish the special day. It was nice to have the future King of England to present you with it. I thought he might still be doing paternal duties.”

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