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Prince William Admits Trying to Give His Daughter a Ponytail Was a ‘Nightmare’

Here's how he learned.


Every dad of a daughter can relate to Prince William‘s latest confession. During a recent outing to Revoe Park in Blackpool, the Duke of Cambridge admitted that he struggles to style his daughter Charlotte’s hair.

“Never try to do a ponytail!” William told a member of Dads 4 Life on Tuesday, PEOPLE reports. Calling it a “nightmare,” he confessed that he eventually learned how to do his daughter’s hair by watching a lot of YouTube tutorials.

Wife Kate Middleton then asked her husband, “Have you tried to do a plait [braid]? It’s the weaving…really hard.”

To which William responded, “I can do [three-year-old Princess Charlotte’s] ponytail, but that’s about it as I don’t have enough hair to practice on!”

Fortunately for Princess Charlotte, her mom more than makes up for her dad’s lack of hairstyling talent. Last week, Kate visited Cinemagic, an organization that teaches film and digital technology to young people in Northern Ireland, where she expertly braided some of the young actresses’ hair.

And ponytails aren’t the only part of being a father that 37-year-old William struggles with. During a speech that he gave at Future Men (a charity that prepares men for parenthood) last month, the dad of three confessed that diaper duty was not his strong suit.

Noting that “the hardest bit is the buttons,” he added that “it’s very daunting how tiny [babies] are when they first arrive. They are so fragile, tiny little fingers and toes. You do feel like if you move them around too much, they are going to break, but they don’t.”