Prince William Says He's Not Sure How to Explain a Risqué Joke to Prince George

George heard the joke during the Cambridge family's latest royal outing.

  • Earlier this week, the Cambridge family (opens in new tab) stepped out to attend a Christmas pantomime in London.
  • At the show, one risqué joke went over Prince George's head and he asked his dad, Prince William (opens in new tab), to explain it to him.
  • Will joked about the predicament backstage, telling the cast "it may take him a while to explain his way out of that one!"

Being royal (opens in new tab) doesn't make you immune from awkward parenting moments—at least according to Prince William (opens in new tab), who recently had a delightfully awkward and relatable moment with his oldest son, seven-year-old Prince George (opens in new tab).

On Friday night, the entire Cambridge family—Will, Kate Middleton, George, and their younger kids, Princess Charlotte (opens in new tab), 5, and Prince Louis (opens in new tab), 2—went to a Christmas performance of Pantoland at the London Palladium. The show, which was put on for essential workers and their families, starred Julian Clary, Nigel Havers, and Elaine Page.

After the show, Will (opens in new tab) headed backstage and chatted with some of the cast and crew, revealing that one of the jokes in the show went over George's head—and created an awkward situation for the royal dad.

"Prince William had us all chuckling when he said that his eldest, George, had innocently enquired why everyone was laughing at one of Julian Clary's more risqué jokes," Havers explained in an essay about the experience for the Daily Mail (opens in new tab). "He said it may take him a while to explain his way out of that one!"

Awkward moments are a rite of passage and, let's be honest, a holiday tradition for most families, so this is actually just adorable.

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