Prince William’s love of motorcycles was evident during his visit to the Isle of Man TT this week. The Ducati-owning Duke of Cambridge and his newly married brother, Harry, both love motorcycles, but their wives and father have all expressed concern about their hobby. The Royal brothers have ridden across Africa on motorcycles for charity, but their riding has been curtailed in recent years. “I miss the big trips, for me biking was always about being with everybody else,” he said as he inspected the Norton racing team’s bikes. His comment is tinged with sadness. He also references a frequent observation made by many celebrities who ride motorcycles that they love the anonymity a full-face helmet gives them. So next time you are envious of the power, wealth and fame of the Royals or ceebrities, think again. At least we commoners are free to ride! Royal biker blood The Princes have motorcycle blood in their Royal veins. Their grandma learnt to ride a motorcycle during the war while her hubby, the Duke of Edinburgh, had a motorcycle licence and has also visited the Isle of Man TT. King George VI, when he was Albert, the Duke of York, was a motorcyclist and entered two bikes in the Brooklands Royal Meeting in 1922, but he did not race. It’s great to know that we commoners can enjoy a hobby as much as the Royal family.