Prince William says Kate is getting him into Monty Don so he can bond with his dad Charles

Prince William, 38, has revealed that his wife of 10 years, Kate Middleton, 39, is planning to buy him one of favourite BBC gardener Monty Don’s books, so her husband can bond over the subject with his father, Prince Charles. The Prince of Wales is well-known for his love of gardening, especially at The Royal Gardens at Highgrove House, and William confessed that despite enjoying the activity, his knowledge of horticulture is little to none.

She’s going to get him Monty Don’s book

Brian Penney

Speaking to coordinator for Mens’ Sheds Brian Penney, 52, William gave an insight into his family’s gardening habit.

While being shown around Brian’s allotment in Rhyl, North Wales, the member of the Royal Family couldn’t help but gently jibe at the gardener for the colour of his watering cans.

“It’s good to see you have got really nice watering cans. Nice pink colour,” he said.

William then admitted: “I always find something to embarrass people with.”

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Prince William says Kate is getting him into Monty Don so he can bond with his dad Charles

Prince William revealed that wife Kate is buying him a Monty Don book (Image: GETTY)

Prince William Kate Middleton Monty Don gardeners

Prince William gently ribbed the coordinator of Men’s Sheds in Rhyl for his watering cans (Image: GETTY)


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He continued to learn about the organisation from the coordinator before admitting that he isn’t the one with green fingers in his family.

His Royal Highness confided in Brian: “My wife does all the gardening.”

Nevertheless, despite Kate taking the reins, William revealed that he does enjoy it.

“I really like it but I have no idea what I’m doing,” he said.

Prince William Kate Middleton Monty Don gardeners

William said Kate wants him to get in to gardening as a way to bond with father Charles (Image: GETTY)

Prince William Kate Middleton Monty Don gardeners

The Prince of Wales is well known for his love of horticulture (Image: GETTY)

Prince William Kate Middleton Monty Don gardeners

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After being shown around, Brian revealed that Kate is planning to educate her husband about gardening – through one of the country’s well known horticulturalists.

Brian said: “He [Wiliam] told me Kate is getting him into gardening.

“She’s going to get him Monty Don’s book,” he added.

Despite not revealing which book of the BBC presenter’s that Kate is planning to buy, Monty’s The Complete Gardener would be a good suggestion for a novice.


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The coordinator revealed another endearing reason for the mum-of-three wanting to get her husband into gardening – so he can enjoy it with his green-fingered father, Prince Charles.

Brian continued: “He said she wants to get him into it because Charles is into it, so it’s something for them to enjoy together.”

Commenting on his time spent with the Prince, who is second in line to the throne, the coordinator added: “He was so down to earth, such a nice man.”

Prince Charles’ love for his Highgrove Gardens at his home in Gloucestershire is well known and expert gardener Alan Titchmarsh said the garden is a testament to Charles’ passion for horticulture.

Speaking on ITV’s This Morning in 2016, Alan said: “Any time of the year, you can see different things, and the thing I love most about Highgrove is this is one man’s garden.

“It’s not been made by a committee, it’s one man’s passion and I reckon you can tell a lot about people when looking at their gardens,” he added.

Men’s Sheds is a community project that aims to reduce isolation and loneliness in men by enabling access to a shed for every man who could benefit from one.

The shed itself is a place to pursue interests and hobbies at leisure, such as gardening.

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