Prince William Opens Up About The Future Of The Monarchy

Apple's "Time to Walk" podcast series has featured a host of notable names, including Dolly Parton, Randall Park, Jane Fonda, Camila Cabello, Naomi Campbell, Shawn Mendes, and more. The latest episode features Prince William, who shared why he had decided to participate in the podcast on his Instagram page. "My whole family have a passion for walking — whether it's my Grandmother still taking her corgis out at 95; my father embarking on lengthy rambles over the summer in Scotland; or my own children making their first appearance at our annual walk to church on Christmas morning at Sandringham," he wrote, adding that he hopes to inspire others "to get active and take some extra time for their own mental health."

During the podcast, William touched on a variety of topics ranging from fun (Princess Charlotte is obsessed with Shakira's song "Waka Waka") to the touching, including his work as an air ambulance pilot and memories of singing in the car with his late mother Princess Diana. In fact, the Duke of Cambridge speaks a great deal about his mother, sharing some lessons from her that he holds on to as an adult. And one royal insider believes that William is also giving listeners a glimpse into the future of the British monarchy.

Prince William spoke about the importance of listening to others

During his appearance on the Apple podcast "Time to Walk," Prince William shared many of the lessons he gained from his mother, the late Princess Diana. One royal insider is calling the episode "William's Christmas broadcast," adding that "it's a study in the healing power of vulnerability. By sharing some of his most un-royal moments, the prince paradoxically affirms his royal credential," Patrick Jephson, Princess Diana's press secretary, wrote for the Daily Mail

William spoke about how his mother would bring him to charitable organizations, where the two would simply listen to those in need. "We live in these little echo chambers where you're only subjected to what you want to be subjected to," the future king of England explained. "But ... go looking for the viewpoints you didn't think you wanted to hear because, if you listen, you're empowering the other person."

Jephson pointed out that William's viewpoint is perfect for a "modern royal family," writing, "there may be no more vital skill than the ability to seek out and raise up voices that otherwise go unheard." He continued, "Too often, royal folk get to pick and choose what advice they want to hear, so if he really means it, William's openness to challenge is pretty revolutionary. The antidote to both woke psychobabble and stuffy aloofness, it's an honorable formula for a successful future reign."