Prince William doesn’t have much time to himself now that he’s a dad of three.
With his royal duties and helping wife Kate Middleton care for their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, it’s understandable that there are going to be certain hobbies he can no longer dedicate much time to.
One of those hobbies that the Duke of Cambridge so dearly misses is going on extended biking trips, which he ‘absolutely loves’ – he does still occasionally manage to take his high-powered Ducati out for a spin though.
During a visit to the Isle of Man TT Races, an annual motorcycle race, on Wednesday, William was ecstatic when he had the chance to sit on a hand-built Norton SG7, which has a top speed of 208mph.
Confessing he misses being able to take to the open road for big biking trips, William confessed: ‘I’m a father of three; I have to tone it down.’
He added: ‘I miss the big trips, for me biking was always about being with everybody else.’
While speaking to Laurence Skelly, the Isle of Man’s minister for enterprise, William suggested Kate was a little sceptical of the intentions behind his visit.
When quizzed about Kate’s views, the royal replied: ‘When I said I was going to the Isle of Man for an official visit, she said “really?”.’
William also reminisced about biking with his brother Prince Harry when they were younger, admitting they would ride scramblers and ‘basically try and hit each other’.
In November, William said that he no longer takes his motorbike out for a spin as much as he used to.
According to triple World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea, who was at Buckingham Palace to receive an MBE, William told him that he has had to put his riding on the ‘back-burner’ because of his growing family.
Jonathan said at the time: ‘I know he’s a bit of a motorcycle fan himself. We talked about his bikes and the fact that he has put it on the back-burner a little bit because of his children now.’