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New Prince of Wales says he is learning Welsh – knows how to say ‘paned’ and ‘bara brith’

27 Sep 2022 4 minute read
The Prince and Princess of Wales during a visit to the RNLI Holyhead Lifeboat Station, in Holyhead. Picture by Danny Lawson / PA

The Prince of Wales has said that he has started learning Welsh as it emerges he has no plans to stage a formal investiture to mark receiving his new title.

William spoke about getting to grips with the language with Reverend Steven Bunting from St Thomas Church in Swansea where he and Kate visited on Tuesday afternoon, telling him he had already picked up the word ‘paned’, meaning a cup of tea.

Rev Bunting told the PA news agency: “We already know they love Wales, but having them here has been amazing and is an early sign, I think, of their commitment to Wales.

“They’ve blown us away by speaking to every person young and old, it shows how wholly committed they are to their role as Prince and Princess of Wales.

“The Prince of Wales was even talking about learning Welsh, and said he’d learned the word ‘paned’ meaning cup of tea and ‘bara brith’.

“I think he’s taking being Prince of Wales very, very seriously.”

‘Serve’

His father, King Charles, studied Welsh while at university in Aberystwyth and paid tribute to his teacher Tedi Millward when he died in 2020.

It is understood William has no plans for “any kind” of an investiture like the ceremony staged for the King, who was officially invested with the title Prince of Wales by the Queen during an event staged at Caernarfon Castle in July 1969.

A royal source said in the aftermath of the Queen’s death: “The new Princess of Wales appreciates the history associated with this role but will understandably want to look to the future as she creates her own path.”

A spokesperson for the couple said this week: “Right now they are focused on deepening the trust and respect they have with the people of Wales over time.”

A few days after the Queen’s death, William spoke on the telephone to Mark Drakeford, First Minister of Wales, in a conversation in which William mentioned his “deep affection for Wales”.

The prince, who served as an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot when living on Anglesey with wife Kate, “expressed his and the Princess of Wales’s honour in being asked by the King to serve the Welsh people”.

‘Dramatic’

The Prince and Princess began their first visit to Wales since receiving their titles by travelling to Anglesey where they made their first home as newlyweds, and where they raised their eldest son Prince George for the first few months of his life.

Crowds waited at Holyhead Marina to greet the royal couple. The station’s coxswain, Tony Price, told William and Kate about its new mental health welfare room on site.

He said to them: “We had an incident here in Holyhead where one of the crew gave CPR and tried to revive a person. Within the chaos and everything going on we realised we didn’t have a bolthole – somewhere our crew could go to look into that welfare.

“We now have a 24/7 helpline for the crew. The greatest thing they have done is when they (the crew) turn up now they can actually say ‘no, this is not for me’. I think that’s great.”

Volunteers recalled Storm Emma which wrecked Holyhead Marina in 2018 and destroyed 80 boats and vessels.

William said: “A bit of a dramatic year that one.”

He also discussed the storm with members of HM Coastguard who the royal couple met at the nearby Holyhead Marina and Cafe Bar.

The Prince asked: “Was that predicted at the time?”

Deputy station officer at Holyhead Coastguard rescue team, Arwel Jones, replied: “We weren’t expecting the marina to be blown away.”


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Dai Rob
Dai Rob
2 months ago

Call me cynical, but there we go!!
He’s got good advisers!!

SundanceKid
SundanceKid
2 months ago
Reply to  Dai Rob

I certainly wouldn’t say so! 🤣

Llefain
Llefain
2 months ago

This is a grown man of a full 40 years of age.
40.
That is all.

Mawkernewek
2 months ago

Are readers happy that nation.cymru is using the bogus Prince of Wales title for William?
Every time you do so, you legitimise the fake English Prince of Wales.

Shân Morgain
2 months ago
Reply to  Mawkernewek

Absolutely. I don’t want to see that fraudulent title on these pages.

Brian Clement
Brian Clement
2 months ago
Reply to  Mawkernewek

It should be either the ‘so called Prince of Wales’, or the ‘self-titled Prince of Wales’. Or just call them by their family names ‘William and Kate Windsor’.

George Thomas
George Thomas
2 months ago

He seems like a nice enough person but the issue isn’t whether he speaks Welsh or not, it’s that that title was passed from English Prince to English Prince without anyone in Wales having a say on the matter.

Happy to have him as an admirer of Wales, an ambassador for Wales (and have warm relationship on that basis) but he can’t have that title.

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
2 months ago

It’s time the media – and that particulary means Welsh TV news – ignores this so called new PoW. He wants consent from the Welsh public for his role – we shouldn’t give it to him. The title is wrong and humiliating – time it ended.

David Smith
David Smith
2 months ago

What have any of the royal family discovered, invented or created? A simple question to put to toadies and forelock-tugging imbeciles. You’ll wait a good while for an answer of substance.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
2 months ago

Here we go again. Like father like son. We’ll have William, like Charles before him, ape the English policeman in Allo Allo by butchering Welsh in that awkward English accent. Can’t wait. 🙄

SundanceKid
SundanceKid
2 months ago

Lord, give me strength 🤦‍♀️

Shân Morgain
2 months ago
Reply to  SundanceKid

Goddess alive!

Shân Morgain
2 months ago

Dim tywysog Cymru. What is this “role” he is supposed to be so committed to? It’s to remind us we are a conquered nation. For now.

Shân Morgain
2 months ago

Petition to end this insult to Wales is going strong. https://www.change.org/p/end-prince-of-wales-title-out-of-respect-for-wales?

Maglocunos
Maglocunos
2 months ago

Here we go again. Nothing against William and Kate personally, and chwarae teg to them if they use their high media profiles to promote yr iaith Gymraeg. Maybe they could have a word with the private sector to get them to ensure that they promote and facilitate the Welsh language, and ensure that the Welsh language is not treated less favourably than the English language in Wales by businesses throughout the country in accordance with the Standards. But that isn’t the point. Our own leaders, politicians and adminstrators should be ensuring that the huge gap in legislative promotion and facilitation… Read more »

Carol Loughlin
Carol Loughlin
2 months ago

William lived and worked in Wales in the full knowledge that he would inherit the phony title but clearly failed to take advantage of that opportunity to learn any Welsh. That’s how much respect the so called Prince of Wales has for his “subjects”.

Welsh_Siôn
Welsh_Siôn
2 months ago

Underwhelmed.

I’ve learnt the English words, ‘cuppa’ and ‘sponge cake’.

Can I be Prince of England?

Owain Morgan
Owain Morgan
2 months ago

This is Nation.Cymru right 🤔 For a second there I thought I was reading Region.WesternBritain 🙄 THIS IS NOT NEWS!! Stop legitimising this bunch of con artists 😠

G Horton-Jones
G Horton-Jones
2 months ago

The first two words they need to know are Cilmeri and Sempringham
Words within understanding are simply air

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