Prince William hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace for the British divers and support staff who assisted in the Tham Luang cave rescue this past July.
Among the guests was the explorer Martin Farr who nearly a decade ago took William and Harry caving. In a conversation with him William revealed the hobby he wants to teach George so the child can follow his steps.
Farr shared their conversation: “I took him caving in the Little Neath River Caves in south Wales in 1999 and 2000. He joked that I put him off caving for life! I also trained Harry – he was brilliant. They both came down together. It was a long time ago and he remembered. It all resonated with him!”
He then added: “He [William] said that when George grows up, he is going to show him caving. And I’m sure we have plenty of suits that will fit.”
The Thai cave divers’ daring operation was launched to reach the 12 young footballers and their team coach after they became stranded more than two miles deep inside the Tham Luang cave network on June 23.
It is not the first time the Duke has supported supported rescue work as a Patron of the Mountain Rescue England and Wales.
Today’s event was organized in association with that group, as well as the British Cave Rescue Council.
Farr talked about William’s enthusiasm too: “They understand the importance of the great outdoors. He has been climbing and done most of the outdoor pursuits and did the search and rescue,” he said.
This morning, The Duke of Cambridge is hosting a reception at Buckingham Palace to recognise the extraordinary contribution made by British rescue divers and support staff to the Tham Luang cave rescue effort in Thailand earlier this year. pic.twitter.com/vPpyCLDuAt
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 16, 2018
“He understands the whole ethos. It’s a great honor that the government and royalty have recognised the great things that have happened by a bunch of volunteers, who are British and are very skilled individuals.
“He said he was very proud that it was essentially British-led.”