Born to Run: Is Prince George the royal family’s only contender for London marathon?
Britain’s Prince George may be being eyed up to run the London Marathon one day, so that his parents and uncle do not have to do it, his uncle Prince Harry joked today.
Harry was speaking with some runners who will take part in this year's London Marathon to raise money for charities supported by himself, his brother Prince William and his sister-in-law Kate Middleton.
Harry watched about 60 athletes who were being put through their paces in a training session at Twickenham Stadium, the home of England Rugby, ahead of the 26.2 mile marathon in April.
Harry told Jane Fishwick, who is running for the RFU Injured Players Foundation of which he is patron: "It is a good cause but (doesn't it hurt) your knees and your back?"
Ms Fishwick asked him: "Are you going to do it?"
Harry replied: "Erm no. Everybody keeps asking me to."
Ms Fishwick later explained: "I did suggest that he might like to run one and he said 'I know, it is a little bit of a problem because me, obviously Prince William and Kate would all then come under fire to do it'.
"I suggested then that maybe they might train George up to do it and perhaps they might be able to hand the mantle on. He said 'perhaps that might be a good idea'."
Harry laughed at the idea that his one-year-old nephew might step up to help him out.
Harry was speaking to the charity runners in England's home dressing room before standing pitchside to watch their exercise session with some Army physical training instructors.
They will be running on behalf of a collection of organisations involved in the Charities Forum - a family of charities which have the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Harry as patrons.
As Harry is patron of the London Marathon Charitable Trust the organisers of the sporting event have awarded five places to each of the charities involved in the Forum, giving them extra opportunities to raise money.
It is too soon to say whether Harry will start or attend this year's marathon, his spokesman said.
Those taking part in today's session also attended workshops on nutrition, injury prevention and fundraising.
Harry also met RAF Wing Commander Kevin Marsh, who ran Prince William's flying training in 2008 when William got his wings.
Harry happily posed for pictures with the officer's 11-year-old son Hugh who said it was really good to meet him.
Asked what he thought of William becoming an air ambulance pilot, the Wing Commander said: "I think it is fantastic. He is a natural pilot but it is a lot of study. He has 14 exams to do on the ground, let alone in the air."