The Royal Family Is Required to Know More Than One Language
When most people were in high school, a foreign language was an elective. Some students took French, Spanish, or German. In college, they had the same choices with more added such as Latin, Russian and others.
In seminary, students might be required to study Hebrew and Greek. That's because the original language of the Old Testament was Hebrew. The original language of the New Testament was Greek.
Members of the royal family are required to know more than one language, and most of them know more than one. Even the young children know some languages other than English.
Charles, the Prince of Wales, knows more languages than the other members of the family. The oldest son of Queen Elizabeth and next in line to the throne knows four languages while Prince Harry is the only member of the immediate family knows only English.
Below is a chart indicating what languages Prince Charles knows along with a list of languages other members of the family know. Notice that Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex is the exception. He knows only one language. However, in his travels to foreign countries, he has probably picked up a few words especially those pertaining to greetings and well-wishing.
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
English, French, German
Charles, Prince of Wales
English, French, German, passable Welsh
Camila, Duchess of Cornwall
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
English, French, Welsh
Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge
Prince George (5 years old)
Learned to count in Spanish when he was four years old
Princess Charlotte (3 years old)
Knows Spanish words she picked up from nanny
Prince Louis (8 months old)
Not talking yet
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex
Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex
English, Spanish, knows greetings in other languages
As you can see from the above chart, most members of the immediate royal family know French. That particular language is the most common foreign language taught at schools in the United Kingdom.
The Queen and many of the others speak fluent French. Knowing French comes in handy because Queen Elizabeth's menus are always written in French. Over the years, she has become familiar with some German words as well as some Italian, Spanish, and Irish words. However, she knows very little of those languages.
Prince Charles knows Welsh because he is the Prince of Wales. Prince William learned the language in preparation to become Prince of Wales some day.
Prince Philip and Prince Charles also speak German because Prince Philip is of German descent.
No one knows for sure why Prince Harry speaks only English. What is known is that his education suffered after his mother's death. Even without speaking other languages, he travels a great deal to countries where he is well respected and loved. His lack of knowledge of a foreign language has not significantly hindered him in any way.
Meghan Markle, the newest member of the royal family, was reportedly heard speaking some Filipino with a member of the public while in Edinburgh.
Prince William's Toddlers Know Words in Spanish
When Princess Charlotte was only two years old, she had learn some words in a second language. Her nanny Maria Turrion Borralo is a native of Spain. The toddler reportedly has picked up some words from Borralo just as her older brother Prince George has also done. Prince George had learned to count to ten in Spanish by the time he was only four years old.
The Duchess of Cambridge once reported that her two older children are very much interested in Spanish. When they are older, they will probably learn French in school.
Many studies have shown that the best time to learn a new language is during childhood.
Most People Know Some Words in Different Languages
Some people know a few common words and phrases in languages other than their native tongue even though they might not know what the particular language is. They have picked up some words from being around people who languages different from their own.
For instance, some people know how to say "hello" and "goodbye" in a foreign language like those seen in the photo above. It is advisable to study common phrases when visiting other countries. Learning a foreign language is easier than most people think. There are classes online and on YouTube.