Prince William joked with a fellow dad on Tuesday, March 5th, about the struggles of doing their daughters’ hair. William chatted with a local as he and wife Kate Middleton visited a park in Blackpool that had been transformed from a place where addicts once congregated to a family-friendly playground. A resident who belongs to the group Dads 4 Life got a laugh from William and Kate as he spoke of the challenges of styling his little girl’s hair, adding that he finally learned after watching YouTube tutorials.
“Never try to do a ponytail!” William commiserated. “Nightmare.” Kate asked him, “Have you tried to do a plait [braid]? It’s the weaving… really hard.” William said, “I can do [3-year-old Princess Charlotte’s] ponytail, but that’s about it as I don’t have enough hair to practice on!”
Just last week, Kate showed off her own hair styling skills as she and William visit Northern Ireland’s Cinemagic, a charity that uses film, television and digital technologies to help more than 500,000 young people. During a makeup and storyboard demonstration with children from Malvern Primary School, Kate tried her hand at braiding the hair of a young performer in heavy makeup and stage prosthetics alongside two young helpers.
During their rainy day in Blackpool on Wednesday, March 6th, William and Kate headed to Revoe Park, which has been transformed with the help of local park wardens and Better Start Blackpool. It is now used by local kindergartens and fathers’ groups as a forest school to promote outdoor learning and better parenting. Arriving in the torrential rain, Kate had changed her high-heeled suede boots for flat ones. “Quite the weather for it,” she joked.
Dave Bannister, from Blackpool’s Dads 4 Life, started by showing the couple a workshed where local fathers are taught new skills. “The shed here is open on a Tuesday, so dads can come down either on their own or with their kids so they can chat, build structures, make chairs out of pallets,” he said. “It improves their mental health by getting them doing something and up-skilling.”
William admired the bird boxes some of the fathers had made, leading Kate to tease him. “The robins will have a good home here,” the prince said. Kate laughed and replied, “Are you going to show off your DIY skills?” Turning to the dads, William said, “Have you found this helps to get you back on your feet?” For her part, Kate asked, “What do your kids get out of it?” They then headed to visit youngsters who were cooking marshmallows around a campfire.
Ellie Mae-Coleman, who brought her 2-year-old daughter Bella told reporters, “William was asking what we get up to. We do all sorts of things: mini beast hunts, make dens and of course toast marshmallows! We’d made woodland necklaces for them.” She added, “Bella made one for William and Jack gave one to Kate.” She also shared that she made a minor flub by calling the prince by his nickname. “I called Will ‘Will,’ and I was like, ‘Ah, sorry,’ and he said, ‘Don’t worry, that’s my name!’ “
The couple also met 3- and 4-year-old children from the Revoe Learning Academy Children Center, where they helped them plant flowers and seeds. As the couple left, Kate was presented with flowers and one little boy gave a bunch of daffodils to William too.