Kate is teaching Prince William to garden, 'so he can enjoy it with his dad'

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Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge holds a pink watering can during his visit to Brighter Futures, a consortium of eight local groups which encourage loal people to participate in community activities, in Rhyl, Denbighshire, Wales on May 6, 2021. (Photo by Peter Byrne / POOL / AFP) (Photo by PETER BYRNE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Prince William holding a pink watering can during his visit to Brighter Futures in Rhyl. (Peter Byrne/AFP)

The Duchess of Cambridge is offering her husband gardening tips so that he can spend time outdoors with his father, Prince Charles.

Prince William admitted he was not very good at gardening during a visit to a Men's Shed project in Rhyl, but said that his wife Kate was helping him, and planning to buy him a Monty Don book.

William said: "My wife does all the gardening. I really like it but I have no idea what I’m doing."

William showed his limited skills as he helped put some earth into a potted apple tree during the visit, and teased one of the men about a pink watering can he'd found at the allotment.

Speaking to Brian Penney, 52, he said: It’s good to see you have got really nice watering cans. Nice pink colour.

“That’s a lovely mermaid. Very masculine for the Men’s Sheds.”

Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (C) plants a tree in a pot during his visit to Brighter Futures, a consortium of eight local groups which encourage loal people to participate in community activities, in Rhyl, Denbighshire, Wales on May 6, 2021. (Photo by Peter Byrne / POOL / AFP) (Photo by PETER BYRNE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
William planted a tree in a pot during his visit to Brighter Futures in North Wales. (Peter Byrne/AFP)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (R) holds a pink watering can during his visit to Brighter Futures, a consortium of eight local groups which encourage loal people to participate in community activities, in Rhyl, Denbighshire, Wales on May 6, 2021. (Photo by Peter Byrne / POOL / AFP) (Photo by PETER BYRNE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
William joked with two of the Men's Sheds volunteer about the watering can. (Peter Byrne/AFP)

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William laughed as he added: “I always find something to embarrass people with.”

Mr Penney said afterwards: “He told me Kate is getting him into gardening. She’s going to get him Monty Don’s book.

“He said she wants to get him into it because Charles is into it, so it’s something for them to enjoy together. He was so down to earth, such a nice man.”

William was in Rhyl, North Wales, visiting the charity Brighter Futures, which is made up of eight organisations supporting people across all age groups.

RHYL, WALES - MAY 06: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge during a visit to Brighter Futures on May 6, 2021 in Rhyl, Wales. Brighter Futures is a consortium of eight local groups that collectively support local children, young people, families and the older generations to actively participate in community activities and address local issues. (Photo by Peter Byrne - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
William visited the Rhyl Men's Shed where they are tackling loneliness through activities like gardening and woodwork. (Peter Byrne - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
RHYL, WALES - MAY 06: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge during a visit to Brighter Futures on May 6, 2021 in Rhyl, Wales. Brighter Futures is a consortium of eight local groups that collectively support local children, young people, families and the older generations to actively participate in community activities and address local issues. (Photo by Peter Byrne - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
William confessed he doesn't know much about gardening during the visit. (Peter Byrne - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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William visited the Rhyl Men's Shed, which brings men together from across the area to help reduce the impact of isolation and loneliness.

He took part in a woodwork session and heard from people in the community about the impact of the scheme.

The duke then went to the Rhyl Youth Club where he learned how the young people are encouraged to run and manage their own services to build confidence.

The group runs a tuck shop, sports club and cafe and before the pandemic, 150 people would use the services every evening.

William and Kate have been keen to get back to work following the period of mourning for his grandfather Prince Philip.

They even carried out work while they were officially in mourning and since it came to an end, have launched their own YouTube channel, rebranded some of their social media, and shared pictures and a new video to mark birthdays and their 10th wedding anniversary.

William joined with football fans in protest at the short-lived plans for a European Super League, and also showed solidarity by taking part in a four day boycott of social media over the weekend, in response to the abuse many players receive online.

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