Prince Charles: My sons inherited my dance moves

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By Eun Kyung Kim

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.

Like father, like son? Prince William and Duchess Kate dance with locals on Sept.18, 2012 in the Polynesian island of Tuvalu. Pool / Today
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. SUZANNE PLUNKETT / Today
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.WPA Pool / Today

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."

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. Tim Graham / Today

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 near Jodhpur in India's state of Rajasthan on Oct.5, 2010. Sunil Verma / Today

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. 

Follow Princes William and Harry from cradle to adulthood, as they grew up in the spotlight of modern-day royalty.