According to Bear Grylls, Prince George “eyes lit up” after eating his first any. The survivalist expert got the chance to meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the 2019 King’s Cup Regatta, on the Isle of Wright, where he won both sailing races.
On Tuesday Bear was a guest on Good Morning Britain, and there he revealed that Carole Middleton, Kate Middleton’s mother, asked him to come and say hi to her grandson after revealing that the young royal was a big fan of Bear’s interactive Netflix series.
As the two started talking, Bear noticed that a stream of ants was making its way across George’s feet. “I said to him: ‘Come on, we’ve got to eat one,’ and he went, ‘Really?’ Now that is a really Bear Grylls thing to do.
“It was a privilege to give the future king his first ant and his eyes lit up as they do with anyone who’s out in the wild and they face a few fears and they overcome them, so good for him, what a little hero.”
When GMB’s Susanna Reid asked Bear what ants taste like, Bear replied: “A little zingy, but that’s a formic acid in the stomach and it’s all vitamin C, it’s OK.”
The story about the first ant of Prince George was shared by Bear on the same day as the King’s cup. The adventurer shared the story right after winning the trophy as part of the team for the wildlife conservation charity, Tusk. He said: “And also Prince George, your first ant you ate today. And that is a great moment. Well done you.”
The survivalist expert has had many high-profile guests on his series Running Wild, such as former US President Barack Obama, with whom he made tea from glacier water and shared a half-eaten salmon carcass.