Prince Charles: My sons inherited my dance moves

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - NOVEMBER 16:  Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Lisa Shannon (R)  dance at the Dance-O-Mat during a visit to Christchurc... Chris Jackson / Getty Images
Dancing king: Prince Charles shows off his moves at the Dance-O-Mat during a visit to Christchurch on Nov. 16, 2012 in Feilding, New Zealand.

Never mind that their mother once famously twirled the White House dance floor with John Travolta. Prince William and Prince Harry inherited their dance moves from their dad, Prince Charles insisted.

The Prince of Wales, 64, joked about his dancing skills and the prowess he supposedly passed down to his sons during an interview with Australia’s Women’s Weekly.

"They're very good. They do make me laugh when they get going,” he said in the piece.

TUVALU - SEPTEMBER 18: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge dance with the ladies at the Vaiku Falekaupule for an ent... Pool / Getty Images
Like father, like son? Prince William and Duchess Kate dance with locals on Sept.18, 2012 in the Polynesian island of Tuvalu.
Britain's Prince Harry (L) dances with Chantol Dormer at a youth community center in Kingston, Jamaica March 6, 2012. The Prince is on a week-long tou... SUZANNE PLUNKETT / Reuters
Prince Harry shares a dance with a youth community center member in Kingston, Jamaica on March 6, 2012. The prince was on a tour through Central America and the Caribbean acting as an ambassador for Queen Elizabeth as part of her Diamond Jubilee.
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 21:  Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (L) dances with Vanessa Boateng (C) as his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (R) ... WPA Pool / Getty Images
Prince William gets his groove on as Duchess Kate looks on during a reception at Centrepoint's Camberwell Foyer on Dec. 21, 2011 in London.

Prince Charles was first interviewed by the magazine in 1974, when he was 26. “If I hear rhythmic music, I just want to get up and dance,” he said at the time.

Now a first-time grandfather, the prince said he still loves to move to music but acknowledged: "It's slightly less becoming once you get to my age."

It doesn’t stop him from cutting a rug every now and then.

“I think given a chance though, the old one-two and the two-step can come in handy," he said. "I'm glad to say that both my sons have inherited it, I think."

FILE - 27 AUGUST 2012 for ANNIVERSARY AUGUST 31:  On Friday, August 31st Diana, Princess of Wales was killed in an automobile crash in Paris, France 1... Tim Graham / Getty Images Contributor
The beloved, late Princess Diana dances with movie star John Travolta during her visit to America at the White House on Nov. 9, 1985 in Washington, DC.

However, many would be quick to argue that the younger princes gained their sense of rhythm from their mother. The late Princess Diana was notably photographed taking a graceful spin on the dance floor with John Travolta during a 1985 White House dinner she attended while still married to Prince Charles.

Britain's Prince Charles dances with villagers at Tolasar village near Jodhpur in India's state of Rajasthan October 5, 2010.  REUTERS/Sunil Verma (IN... Sunil Verma / Reuters
Britain's Prince Charles dances with villagers near Jodhpur in India's state of Rajasthan on Oct.5, 2010.

In addition to discussing his dance moves with Women's Weekly, Charles also spoke about his current relationship. He expressed delight over the warm reception his current wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, received last year when they they toured Australia.

“It was wonderful that they took to her and saw her for what she is, an incredibly good sort,” he said. 

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