Prince George may have just turned two but his proud mother the Duchess of Cambridge says he actually thinks he is three.
The toddler, who celebrated his second birthday last Wednesday, “thinks that he’s older”, Kate told staff from sailor Sir Ben Ainslie’s racing headquarters on Sunday as she and William were given a tour of facilities in Portsmouth.
During the visit Freddie Wilson, the two-year-old son of the team’s head coach Rob Wilson, stepped forward and said “Hello Princess, my name is Freddie Wilson”.
Mother Wendy Maxwell said later, “She asked him how old he was and he said ‘I’m three’.
“When I said he is only two, she said, ‘George says that. He thinks that he’s older'”.
Kate also stopped to chat to two-year-old George Mills and his 13-week-old brother Harry, who had fallen asleep.
Mother Rebecca said, “She asked George if he likes Peppa Pig and said she hoped Charlotte would be doing a lot of sleeping too.”
Earlier Kate had had another go on a sailing simulator as she and William joined Sir Ben on a tour of the centre.
She joined the Olympic hero alongside a ship’s wheel and donned a pair of virtual reality goggles with him to try out the “virtual sailing experience”.
Wearing personalised team kit printed with their royal titles across the back, William and Kate also met staff in the centre’s gym and “mission control” room, where experts analyse training data.
In the gym, William joked about Sir Ben to trainers, saying, “I’ve seen him crash, look after him. He will be in pieces otherwise.”
There were shown a big screen where the team can view and replay footage from training sessions and Sir Ben joked, “The only issue with this is that it gets all the audio off the boat.”
William asked: “Lots of bleeps then?”
Sir Ben laughed and replied, “If someone’s having a bad day at the office you hear it all.”
The royal couple also met the aerodynamics team and quizzed them about the different sails used.