t the opening ceremony for a new Japanese cultural center in London, Prince William was caught making an awkward blunder, briefly confusing Japanese and Chinese food.
“Have you guys had much Chinese food?” the Duke of Cambridge asked a group of children who were learning to use chopsticks while trying out some Japanese culinary specialties at the Japan House on Kensington High Street while being watched over by Japanese officials, including deputy prime minister Taro Aso.
To his credit, William immediately corrected himself: “… um, Japanese food. Have you had much Japanese food? No? Not too much. Do you like sushi? It’s delicious., it really is yummy.”
Smooth. Very smooth.
Prince William was in great form at the opening of @japanhouseldn – charming & engaging. But even a royal diplomat can make the odd bloop. Such as asking local schoolchildren at the event to highlight Japanese culture if they had eaten much Chinese food! He quickly recovered tho! pic.twitter.com/72swlvNbk0
— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) September 13, 2018
Prince William is following in a long familial tradition of gaffes from the British Royal Family. His grandfather, Prince Philip, was particularly known for putting his foot in his mouth. During a 1986 visit to China, he infamously told one British student, “If you stay here much longer, you will go home with slitty eyes.”