Bear Grylls recalls the moment Prince George ate his first ant
Prince George, eight, had an unusual snack when he was at the King’s Cup regatta off the Isle of Wight in 2019, according to TV adventurer Bear Grylls. Speaking to Susana Reid and Martin Lewis on ITV’s Good Morning Britain on Tuesday, the ex-servicemen in the 21 SAS regiment said it was a “privilege to give the future King his first ant”.
Mr Grylls, 47, went on to add George was a “little hero” and recalled in detail how he met the then six-year-old prince.
Prince George had his memorable encounter with the Old Etonian after his parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 39, invited Bear Grylls to skipper a yacht at the three-day charity sailing race.
Good Morning Britain co-anchor Susanna Reid, 50, prompted the insect-ingesting conversation on Tuesday.
Ms Reid, who has co-hosted ITV’s morning show since 2014, asked: “You encouraged our future King to eat some ants, didn’t you?”
“Well I didn’t really meet, we were doing something for Prince William’s King’s Cup event, we were down there and the Royal Family were there,” Bear replied.
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‘Nervous’ Prince George ate a live ant with adventurer Bear Grylls at King’s Cup regatta
“It was actually the Duchess of Cambridge’s mother who said, ‘Would you come and say hi to Prince George, he’s a big fan of your Netflix interactive adventure show’.
“So we were chatting and he was down here and just as we were chatting, a stream of ants went across his feet.
“Him and me looked at them and he looked at me with those amazed, wide eyes.
“I said, ‘Come on, we’ve got to eat one,’ and he went, ‘Really?’
“We ate one and it was a privilege to give the future King his first ant.
“His eyes lit up as they do with anyone when they are out in the wild and they face a few fears.
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“Good for him, a little hero.”
According to MailOnline, Bear also revealed further details of the insect-eating incident in his memoir.
Writing in Never Give Up, Bear said: “I knew that look well. I smiled at him and said, ‘Have you ever eaten an ant?’ He shook his head nervously. ‘You want to? Just you and me?’ He looked around, then back at me, and nodded. I grabbed one ant for him and got him to hold it between his fingers, then got one for myself. ‘One, two, three, and in it goes… ready?’
“He looked more nervous now. I smiled reassuringly. ‘It’ll be fine. We can do this… OK? One, two, three, here we go!’ I will never tire of that wonderful grimace on people’s faces as they eat something from the survivor menu for the first time. Whoever they are, it’s always priceless.
“But I don’t think I will ever see wider eyes than Prince George’s, nor a broader grin. It was a fun moment that I hope, when he is king one day and I am an old man, he might still remember. After all, who can ever forget eating their first ant?”
But Prince George has been known to embrace the outdoors life.
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Speaking about the Cambridges’ helping in the garden, George’s maternal grandmother Carole Middleton, 66, said: “It’s important for children to grow up appreciating nature, and part of that is allowing them to get a bit muddy.”
Prince William has also shared how his eldest son has become more environmentally-aware in recent months.
During his interview with the BBC’s chief political correspondent Adam Fleming on Newscast, the Duke of Cambridge said: “I didn’t realise, but talking to him the other day he was already showing that he was getting a bit confused and a bit sort of annoyed by the fact they went out litter picking one day and then the very next day they did the same route, same time and pretty much all the same litter they picked up again.
“And I think that for him he was trying to understand how and where it all came from.
“He couldn’t understand, he’s like, ‘Well, we cleaned this, why has it not gone away?’”
Good Morning Britain airs on ITV on weekdays from 6am and 9am.
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