Prince William mixes up Japan and China in latest royal gaffe

Duke of Cambridge

Duke of Cambridge

"To his credit, William immediately corrected himself: "... um, Japanese food. All was going swimmingly - he shook the right hands, held the right teapots (we think), and even enjoyed some authentic sake - until he sat down to enjoy a Japanese meal with local school children and asked them if they'd had "much Chinese food".

William's mistake is similar to one of his granddad's many eyebrow-raising statements over the years.

Chuckling, William replied: "Yes, I'm quite exhausted, has it been a long day for you too?"

"Sorry, Japanese food. Have you had much Japanese food?" he said during a tour of Japan House, where he was accompanied by Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso.

"Just like me and my wife", William told them, admitting the Duchess of Cambridge is more "arty and creative" than he is.

During the visit, the Duke also met Japanese chef Akira Shimizu, who presented him with his signature bento box.

William thanked him and said: "My wife and I love sushi. We might have to come down here for lunch when no-one else is in".

He joked: "Just as long as you don't get people coming in and saying, "I'll have a burger".

William also saw a demonstration of the ancient craft of copper-beating, where objects like kettles are fashioned out of a single sheet of the metal.

William said "holding a rugby ball always gets me excited", and he noted that sport seems to reliably cut across cultures.

After unveiling a plaque to mark the opening, the royal gave a speech.

William added that he had been "deeply honoured" to visit Japan three years ago where he saw the "wonderful blend of ancient and modern which so characterises your awesome country".

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