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Modern art was such a snooze! Prince William admits he DOZED OFF during lectures at university 

Modern art was such a snooze! Prince William admits he dozed off during college lectures

  • Prince William says he would fall asleep during lectures at St Andrews University
  • He said he was ‘terrible’ to doze off and had to stop studying art because of it
  • The Duke of Cambridge said it was ‘great’ to study Renaissance art
  • “But once we got into modern art, I started to get a little dizzy,” he admitted
  • He changed from art history to geography and graduated with a 2:1 in 2005

Prince William has said he had to drop out of art history at university because he kept falling asleep during lectures.

The Duke of Cambridge, who turns 40 today, has admitted he was ‘terrible’ dozing off at the University of St Andrews.

William made the comments to The Big Issue salesman Dave Martin, 60, after secretly joining him at his patch in Westminster.

The pair sold 32 copies in an hour, which Mr Martin said would normally take a week to switch.

After that, Mr. Martin handed William a set of abstract postcards that he had created.

William said he enjoyed learning about Renaissance art, but was starting to get “a little groggy” with modern art. He changed to study geography and graduated with a 2:1 in 2005.

On the occasion of his birthday, the Duke is featured on the cover of The Big Issue published yesterday. He said his 40th was “a good chance… to make sure we’re highlighting something that’s important to me.”

Prince William, pictured here studying at St Andrews' main university library in 2004, said he was 'terrible' for dozing off during lectures

Prince William, pictured here studying at St Andrews’ main university library in 2004, said he was ‘terrible’ for dozing off during lectures

William told Martin: ‘I studied a bit of art history at university.

“I had to give up – I kept falling asleep during lectures… terrible. We did a lot of Renaissance which was great. But once we got into modern art, I started to get a little dizzy.’

William enrolled at St Andrews in 2001. There he met his future wife, Katherine Middleton, who also studied art history.

During the interview, the prince also encouraged people to take their “wireless headphones” out of their ears and communicate more with each other.

He added: “I’m lucky because I am who I am. Often people are happy to talk to me. We need to push back the normality that pops into your wireless earphones and wanders the streets listening to music or on a phone.

‘In a city you walk past hundreds of people every day and you don’t even look at them. Wouldn’t it be nice to learn a little more about the people on either side of you?’

On the occasion of his birthday, he is on the cover of the latest edition of the Big Issue. It comes after the Daily Mail shared yesterday in our historic ‘William at 40 series’ how he would focus on homelessness and housing for the coming year.

The prince said his birthday was “a good opportunity… to make sure we’re highlighting something that’s important to me.”

During his time on the streets, he talked to a number of people fleeing the war in Ukraine, as well as other supporters, and urged more people to buy the magazine.

He said, “I wanted to experience the other side and see what it’s like to be a Big Issue seller. My time was really an eye opener. I was lucky enough to join Dave on a warm sunny day in June.

“People recognized a familiar face and were happy to tell me the time of day. But that’s not the case for the vast majority of Big Issue sellers, who sell all year round, even during the bleak winter months.’

There are approximately 1,300 Big Issue sellers. They buy magazines for £1.50 and sell them for £3, keeping the proceeds. The special edition is available across the UK.

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