Prince William confesses a love of Coldplay & Linkin Park during Centrepoint event


Prince William did another event without Duchess Kate yesterday. Which is fine, I guess, especially considering the event was for Centrepoint, which is one of William’s most long-standing patronages. Centrepoint deals with youth in crisis, homeless youth, and kids living in poverty. William spent a lot of time talking to kids/teens and being engaged and nice. He chatted about music and birthday cake.

When he’s not raising his heir or attending public engagements, Prince William may be jamming to Ghost Stories. The royal revealed he’s a big fan of Coldplay while speaking to school children Wednesday – though he declined to play drums with their samba band.

“I used to play the piano, trumpet and drums when I was your age but I couldn’t read music. There’s only so much you can remember from the top of your head,” he told one drummer at Goole High School in East Yorkshire, where he spent more than an hour chatting with students as he launched an award for primary schoolchildren as royal patron of the charity SkillForce.

When asked about his own musical tastes, reporters heard William, 31, reply, “I really like Coldplay, Linkin Park.”

Later in the day, the Duke of Cambridge moved on to West Yorkshire’s Bradford Foyer, a center for homeless youth run by his Centrepoint charity, for which he’s been a patron since 2005. The charity took over the running of the Bradford Foyer, along with six other hostels in the city, in November, and has since helped 328 young people across the city.

He met Josh Shaw, 22, and Ashley Bell, who told him it’s his 22nd birthday tomorrow. “There’s some cake next door I haven’t touched you can have,” William said, motioning to a function room he had just left.

Bell, who has been at the Bradford Foyer for four months, hopes to set up a car workshop called “Body Beautiful.” To laughs, William quipped “I thought that was something else.”

The charity’s chief executive Seyi Obakin told PEOPLE William wanted to come and “encourage” the residents. “He enjoy spending time with young people – this is always something he has been passionate about,” Obakin said.

[From People]

Linkin Park? That’s unusual. I guess Coldplay is an obvious choice, especially when you’re a princeling. Coldplay is not controversial, and while people will disagree with you about the quality of Coldplay’s music, naming them as a “favorite” band won’t draw too many headlines. I would have loved if he’d said Adele though.

Meanwhile, it’s looking like it’s the Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh will be doing a three-day visit in France around the D-Day 70th anniversary event in Normandy. There were reports a few weeks ago that William and Kate would join them, but I guess Will and Kate aren’t traveling with the monarch? I think Will and Kate will meet up Elizabeth and Philip in Normandy. Go here to read about all of the amazing events and tributes the Queen will be part of in France. The French are really going all out for her. It’s nice. This is probably going to be one of her last overseas trips.



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  1. Daria says:

    His choices are very 2004.

  2. eliza says:

    Well his bad taste in music is now confirmed.

  3. lunchcoma says:

    Somehow this doesn’t surprise me at all.

    I’ll admit I’m a little surprised no one ever taught him how to read music, though. I know there are other methods of teaching children to play, but I’ve found that having some understanding of how it’s written has increased my enjoyment in listening to it, especially music beyond the rock-pop spectrum.

  4. maybeiamcrazy says:

    Linkin Park? A 30 something year old listening LP is just weird. LP is the band that every kid loves until they just realize just how bad they are. Well, he still has teenager mentality so maybe I shouldn’t be suprised.

    • Amy Tennant says:

      Ooh, as a 41-year-old LP fan, I think I’ve just been dissed. Well, come over here and jam out to Linkin Park with me, Wills. We’ll be in bad company together.

    • laurie says:

      Well, Amy I’ll up you on that. I’m a 62 year old LP fan. Love them! And Lunchcoma, “invest in even superficial growth since??” Judgemental much? Just because you liked something when you were 20, 30, 40 or whatever, what’s stopping you from continuing to like it? Yeesh!!

    • FLORC says:

      I’m not yet 30 and only listen to LP when i’m in a bad mood or depressed. It’s just for me not music to put you in any kind of mood other than angsty and depressed.

      We’re all a bit judgemental here. It’s why we’re here passing judgement/sharing thoughts.
      I personally grew out of my depression that LP didn’t help and found I grew out of that group.

  5. AlexandriaTheGreat says:

    Someone on another gossip blog had the best comment for this story:

    “Prince William loving Coldplay is just about the best match of Band to Fan in the history of the world. Honestly, I really can’t imagine liking them unless you own a bunch of Castles.”

  6. Wilma says:

    I can’t believe he’s four years younger than I am when it feels like he’s ten years older.

    • kri says:

      Ohhh, LP. I wanted them to go play music under water the second I heard them, but I did not want aquatic life harmed, so whatever. William does seem older, but I think maybe because the heir is raised with such an awareness of the inevitability of his life? I dunno. LP rattled me!

  7. M.A.F. says:

    Well, it’s not as if he can come out and say he loves Megadeth or Iron Maiden.

  8. ashley says:

    What’s wrong with him loving coldplay? I have their latest album,ghost stories and it’s so good. “O” is one of the best songs i’ve heard in a while,everybody has diffrent taste in music.

    • littlestar says:

      I love Coldplay like crazy, and I’m not ashamed to admit it! And yes, their new album is excellent (even though I think some of it kind of copies Bon Iver’s sound quite a bit). Cannot wait til they go on tour again, they put on a great show!

  9. Wren33 says:

    Is Prince William just a basic bitch?

  10. dancinnancy says:

    I’ll fess up to liking Coldplay though I haven’t bought an album since xx/xy or whatever they called it. Nostalgia!

    Same thing with LP. Adored their first two albums. Would identify as a fan though I thought last 2/3 albums were “soft.” My December and Crawling and Numb are still my jams.

  11. Redheadwriter says:

    At least he didn’t say Nickelback.

  12. HH says:

    Damn! What a disappointment! I was expecting 2Chainz.

  13. AmandaPanda says:

    I love sub-text of the exchange with the wannabe mechanic

    WBM: “hello, I am homeless and trying to turn my life around – and it’s my birthday”

    PW: “oh hai, they gave me lots of cake in there, but I get so much food and fancy stuff I didn’t even eat it – so you can have my leftovers if you go and get them yourself”

    nice work prince william

  14. FLORC says:

    Aside from the music taste… William is out and visiting a charity! Hurrah! And it shouldn’t even be a thing that Kate isn’t there. It’s truly William that needs to get moving. Being seen, Being engaged, being a working royal and not off looking for short lived fancies.

    • Tiffany says:

      FLORC. I think that the reason that Kate is not with him is because the charities that she is a patron of or either in dire straits or no longer around. The press no longer are providing kid gloves for her and that is just a story they don’t need right now. So here is my question, if Will can do this charity events alone with no issue, why not Kate.

  15. wow says:

    Wow he truly must be boring if this is the only thing they could get out of him.

  16. SoCal says:

    Man, its amazing how much he looks like his mother, especially that nose.

  17. Lovelee85 says:

    My saying is, “Never let anyone shame you for what type of music you like, or what books you read!” Lol That being said…I’m a 28 year old LF fan. I also jam out to the Lion King soundtrack…who wants to party?!

  18. Rick Cartel says:

    His bad taste in music parallels with his bad taste in women. No class and no personality! Really, why can’t he even read music? That’s really scarry. I don’t think that makes him more modern just more uneducated. Whatever, he could use some piano lessons!