Prince Charles Claims His Sons Inherited His Dance Moves

November 1, 2013

Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article. 

1. inherit [in-HER-it] (v.) – to receive traits or characteristics from one's parents through genes
Example: She inherited her big brown eyes from her mother.

2. prowess [PROU-is] (n.) – great skill, talent, or ability
Example: Marjoe’s dancing prowess made her popular at school.

3. come in handy [kuhm – in- HAN-dee] (idiom.) – to become useful or convenient
Example: Her skills in dancing came in handy when a guy asked her to dance in the party.

4. becoming [bih-KUHM-ing] (adj.) – proper or appropriate
Example: Dancing to an upbeat music is now less becoming due to his old age.

5. subconsciously [suhb-KON-shuh s-lee] (adv.) – existing in one’s mind without the person’s awareness
Example: She subconsciously feels the desire to dance every time she hears the music playing.


Read the text below.
Prince Charles insists that his sons William and Harry have inherited an essential quality from him—his dance moves.

In 1974, Prince Charles expressed in a magazine interview that he has the urge to get up and dance whenever he hears a rhythmic music. 

Almost 40 years later, the Prince acknowledged that he still has passion for dancing, although it has slightly turned less becoming because of his age. Prince Charles, now 64, added that given half the chance to dance again, a few simple steps may still come in handy.

The Prince of Wales gladly said that Prince William, now the Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Harry, had subconsciously picked up his love for dancing. Although they may appear shy and reserved, both princes are often photographed dancing with enthusiasm [en-THOO-zee-az-uh m] in some gatherings.

However, some people believe that the princes got their talent for dancing from their late mother, Princess Diana. The princes’ mother was widely known to be a graceful dancer. In the mid-1980s, Princess Diana captivated America by dancing with John Travolta at a dinner in the White House.

While he expressed great pleasure with his sons’ dancing prowess, Prince Charles also conveyed how happy he is in his current relationship with Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall. He expressed his gratitude for the warm welcome they received during their trip in Australia last year. He also feels delighted that his wife made a lasting impression and that Australians recognize how special the Duchess of Cornwall is.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.  

Discussion A

·         Do you think having a talent is important if one is a member of the royal family? Why or Why not?
·         How else do you think a talent can be of use to the members of the royal family?

Discussion B

·         In your opinion, can a talent be inherited or is it something that anyone can learn? Please explain your answer.
·         How can a person improve his or her talent? Please explain briefly.


November 1, 2013