Prince William jokes Team GB’s Lauren Price ‘wasn’t messed with’ as taxi driver

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Prince William has joked that customers "wouldn't mess with" Team GB boxing prospect Lauren Price before she was selected to represent her country at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Lauren, who was raised by her grandparents in Ystrad Mynach, Wales, has a varied CV ahead of the upcoming games, having been capped by the national football team and winning a silver medal at the adult world kickboxing championships at the age of just 13.

Having switched to regulation boxing, she won gold at the World Championships and the European Games back in 2019, and is also the reigning Commonwealth champion – ranking No 1 at middleweight.

The 27-year-old is once again ready to go to battle with the best of the rest after travelling to Asia, before which she sat down with the Duke of Cambridge for an outdoor chat.

One moment that got a chuckle out of the pair was the mention of her time working as a taxi driver, with Prince William joking that she wouldn't get bothered by passengers.

She said during their BBC Sport interview: "In 2016 after the Rio Olympics I had a trial with Team GB.

"I went from training every night to training with Wales through the week and then I was taxi driving on the weekends as well to…"

With Prince William saying: "Taxi driver! I love it, brilliant."

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Lauren then added: "Picking up all the drunks on a Friday and Saturday night."

With William replying: "Oh yeah, bet they didn't mess with you though Lauren."

To which she said: "No that's it yeah!"

Discussing her achievements across multiple different sports, The Prince admitted that he was “not even good at one sport” before Lauren discussed her Olympic dreams.

She said: “It’s been a dream of mine since I was eight to go to the Olympic Games.

"I remember being sat with my nan and grandad watching the Olympics and seeing Kelly Holmes win gold, and at the time I didn’t know what sport I wanted to do, I just wanted to go to the Games.”

As with all current Olympic hopefuls, Lauren was forced to delay her plans by a full calendar year after the games were postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Mentally it was tough, challenging at times. I was 18 months out of the ring,” she said.

“I was doing squats with wheelie bins, using them as squat racks. I had a lot of question marks in my head. Eighteen months out of the ring, it was, ‘Am I as good as I used to be?’”

William then presented Lauren a cake for her recent celebration in June, before leaving her with a message of support that he added to on his Instagram account.

He said: “We will all be wishing you well and cheering you on. You will do us very proud, I am sure."

The full chat can be seen on the BBC Sport website.

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