Did Prince William just step out with a hole in his shoe? See the picture

Or is it a load of cobblers?

Fiona Ward

Prince William flew out to Davos, Switzerland to attend the World Economic Forum and interview none other than David Attenborough on Tuesday, taking part in a discussion about conservation, wildlife and preserving the natural world. The conversation, which was streamed live online, drew in viewers from all the world – though many royal watchers got a little distracted when they noticed William seemed to have a hole in the sole of his shoe, which was clearly on display as he sat with his legs crossed. Oops!


There was a dark mark on William's shoe which many thought was a hole

From the photographs, it's hard to tell if the Duke's shoe is merely a little worn down or if he is in fact feeling the fresh air on his feet – though either way, we've certainly all been there. In fact, while attending his best pal's wedding back in August, Prince Harry showed he is equally loyal to his own favourite pair of brogues, since fans also spotted he had a tear on his soles at the time. Somebody call a royal cobbler, stat!

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One eagle-eyed viewer wrote on Twitter: "In other news, can we have confirmation about Prince William’s shoes here, is this a hole, or black tape underneath his shoe?" while another added: "Have we just seen the Duke of Cambridge on BBC 1 News with a hole in his sole?" It's a footwear mystery.


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During the conversation with the legendary nature presenter, William admitted that it was nice to be the one conducting the interview for a change. He said: "It's a personal treat for me to be sitting here asking you questions. Normally I have to endure people asking me questions so it's quite nice to be turning the tables for once."


The pair discussed their shared passion for protecting the environment, with David saying, "The future of the natural world is in our hands. We have never been more powerful. We can wreck it with ease. We can wreck it without even knowing we are doing it. And if we wreck the natural world, in the end, we wreck ourselves."

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