Prince William Is Begging You Not to Watch the Video of Him Singing With Taylor Swift and Bon Jovi

At least his kids are too young to be embarrassed by him.

Taylor Swift, Jon Bon Jovi and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge perform during the Winter Whites Gala In Aid Of Centrepoint on November 26, 2013
(Image credit: Getty/Dave J Hogan/Centrepoint)

Once upon a time, Prince William actually sang on stage with Taylor Swift and Jon Bon Jovi. No, this isn’t a prank or a fever dream. The video exists, the duke is kindly requesting that you please not watch it, and I’m going to go ahead and link it here for you.

The royal recently appeared on Apple Fitness+’s Time to Walk series, where he gave us welcome insights into life as a future monarch. He also looked back on his 2013 performance alongside two of music’s greatest artists, an experience it sounds like he would rather forget.

“So, around about—it must be nearly 10 years ago now—I can’t believe I’m actually telling this story,” the Duke of Cambridge said (via Vanity Fair). “I went to a charity fundraising gala for Centrepoint, which is a young homeless charity that I am very fond of and have supported for many years. It’s an annual fundraiser, and I turn up, and Jon Bon Jovi and Taylor Swift are at the event, which nearly knocked me off my feet, as well.”

The duke thought he could relax and enjoy the concert, but he was sorely mistaken. “When I sat down to watch Jon Bon Jovi do his performance, I thought, ‘That’s it. My job is done. I’ll get a dinner in a minute, and I might be able to have a chat to some people, and, you know, I’m off-duty a little bit now,’” he recalled. “Little did I think what was going to happen next. I’m sat next to Taylor Swift. She’s on my left. And after Jon does his first song, there’s a pause, and she turns to me. She puts her hand on my arm, looks me in the eye, and says, ‘Come on, William. Let’s go and sing.’”

And because Taylor Swift is Taylor Swift, Prince William didn’t feel he had much of a choice. “To this day, I still do not know what came over me,” he continued. “Honestly, even now I’m cringing at what happened next, and I don’t understand why I gave in. But, frankly, if Taylor Swift looks you in the eye, touches your arm, and says, ‘Come with me…’ I got up like a puppy and went, ‘Yeah, okay, that seems like a great idea. I’ll follow you.’”

Taylor Swift, Jon Bon Jovi and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge sing on stage at the Centrepoint Gala Dinner at Kensington Palace

(Image credit: Getty/WPA Pool)

“I walked up on stage in a trance, and then sort of halfway through Jon Bon Jovi’s ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ song, I wake up, and I’m thinking to myself, ‘Am I standing on the stage singing “Livin’ on a Prayer” when I don’t even know the words?’ But the Centrepoint young guys and girls were there all loving it and cheering away. So I thought, ‘Well, if they’re enjoying it, then the night is for them. So sod it. I can’t be the doofus who’s going to ruin it for everyone.’ And so I desperately try and remember some of the words and sing as hard as I can. Beneath my black tie, there was a lot of sweating going on. I felt like a swan, where I was trying to keep myself composed on the outside, but inside, the little legs are paddling fast.”

Even though he probably wouldn’t do it again, the duke is very philosophical about the whole thing. “When I do speeches and things like that, I’ve done so many now, they’re not a problem,” he explained. “But I’ve not done singing. At times, when you’re taken out of your comfort zone, you’ve got to roll with it and I think we’ve gotten to the stage in this life where we do micromanage ourselves. We do worry about: how do we look on social media? Who said what about me? What am I wearing? There’s so many pressures, but I think making a fool of yourself is OK. It’s OK to not take yourself too seriously and have those moments where you let go and you just go, ‘Do you know what? I’m okay with this.’ So, yeah, go on and have a laugh. And don’t go and watch the video of me singing. Or do go and watch it, but just laugh to yourself about how I was feeling.” You heard the man.

Iris Goldsztajn is a London-based journalist, editor and author. She is the morning editor at Marie Claire, and her work has appeared in the likes of InStyle, Cosmopolitan, Bustle and Shape. Iris writes about everything from celebrity news and relationship advice to the pitfalls of diet culture and the joys of exercise. She has many opinions on Harry Styles, and can typically be found eating her body weight in cheap chocolate.