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Prince George, 5, Keeps it Real and Tells Duchess Kate She’s ‘Rubbish’ at Playing Soccer

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Prince George of Cambridge attends the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank at St George’s Chapel on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England. Pool/Max Mumby/Getty Images

Telling it like it is! Duchess Kate admitted that her 5-year-old son, Prince George, doesn’t think she’s a great soccer player — and he isn’t afraid to say so.

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“I should have picked up some tips from George,” the Duchess of Cambridge, 37, told a group of children while doing dribbling drills at Northern Ireland’s Windsor Park football stadium on Wednesday, February 27, according to The Telegraph. She also said that her eldest practices the same sport at home and tells her, “‘Mummy, you’re so rubbish.’”

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Duchess Kate takes part in a football training session with children during a visit the National Stadium, home of the Irish Football Association on February 27, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Pool/Samir Hussein/

George isn’t the only one who has expressed his opinions on Kate’s soccer skills. Prince William, 36, warned the little ones what they were up against as they played. “Look out, she goes for the ankles,” he said, also advising them to “tackle her.”

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The couple, who also share Princess Charlotte, 3, and Prince Louis, 10 months, met former Northern Ireland goalkeeper Pat Jennings before hitting the field.

“[Kate] was saying if she had played football when she was younger, she might have loved it as well,” Clare Carson, girls’ participation officer at the Irish Football Association, said. “She was happily surprised it’s now just the norm to play as girls.”

Kate also opened up about what she was like as a young girl when one of the players from McDonald’s Fun Football, Jasmine, became nervous.

“The Duchess took her time and spoke to her about being shy, telling her it’s OK and a good thing,” Nadine Murphy, a coach, explained. “She made sure she loved football. She stayed with her the whole time with her arm round her. She said, ‘I was shy at school as well, and it’s OK.”

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Before Kate and William left, the royal pair received three mini green shirts from the Northern Ireland national football team for their children.

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