Prince William Met a Baby in Singapore Who Refused to Give His Finger Back


8 month old Albane Costa holds the finger of Prince William, Prince of Wales during his visit to the HSBC Rain Vortex at Jewel Changi Airport on day one of his visit to Singapore on November 05, 2023 in Singapore.
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Prince William had the cutest encounter ever while on his trip to Singapore for the Earthshot Prize.

On Nov. 5, his first day on the Southeast Asian island, the Prince of Wales visited the HSBC Rain Vortex at Jewel Changi Airport, and met with members of the public there.

In the crowd was a very little royal fan, 8-month-old Albane Costa, who ended up grabbing Prince William's finger and chewing on it, as babies are prone to do, and "wouldn’t give it back," as royal photographer Chris Jackson put it on Instagram.

A video posted by user Liza Dicoy on Twitter showed little Albane holding William's finger, as he spoke to her parents, asking if the baby was sleeping well.

Then, addressing the child directly, William joked, "I need my finger. I need my finger back!"

Funnily enough, this is the second time in a matter of days that the prince has had a hilarious interaction with a little kid he met during an official outing.

During a visit to Burghead Primary School in Moray, Scotland, last week, one child asked him how old he was, to which William challenged the kid to guess. Their best guess? That 41-year-old William was in fact 57. The prince feigned shock, joking, "I’m not that old!"

Obviously, William is very well versed in interactions with junior royal fans, given that he and wife Princess Kate share three children of their own: Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, 8, and Prince Louis, 5, so he won't have been too surprised by these two meetings.

Here's to many more adorable and hilarious royal interactions with little ones in the future!

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