‘A little hero’ Bear Grylls details truth behind ant eating encounter with Prince George

‘A little hero’ Bear Grylls details truth behind ant eating encounter with Prince George

November 9, 2021

Bear Grylls recalls the moment Prince George ate his first ant

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Bear Grylls opened up to Susanna Reid and Martin Lewis about the moment he encouraged Prince George to eat his first ant when he joined them on Tuesday’s instalment of Good Morning Britain. The adventurer explained it was “a privilege to give the future King his first ant,” with Bear calling the royal a “little hero”. 

The British explorer has had the honour of taking a host of high-profiled individuals into the wilderness for survival challenges over the years. 

From former US President Barak Obama to Hollywood heavyweight Channing Tatum, Bear has introduced many A-listers to the great outdoors on his TV shows. 

When he appeared on Tuesday’s Good Morning Britain, Susanna couldn’t resist asking the 47-year-old about a specific encounter with Prince George. 

Susanna remarked: “You encouraged our future King to eat some ants, didn’t you?” 

“Well I didn’t really meet, we were doing something for Prince William’s King’s Cup event, we were down there and the Royal Family were there,” Bear replied. 

“It was actually the Duchess of Cambridge’s mother said, ‘Would you come and say hi to Prince George, he’s a big fan of your Netflix interactive adventure show.’ 

“So we were chatting and he was down here and just as we were chatting, a stream of ants went across his feet. 

“Him and me looked at them and he looked at me with those amazed, wide eyes. 

“I said, ‘Come on, we’ve got to eat one,’ and he went, ‘Really?’ 

“We ate one and it was a privilege to give the future King his first ant.

“His eyes lit up as they do with anyone when they are out in the wild and they face a few fears. Good for him, a little hero.” 

Susanna probed: “What do ants taste like?” 

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“A little stingy but that’s the acid in the stomach and it’s all vitamin C,” Bear smiled. 

Martin quipped: “Look at that, he’s royalty and he’s already eaten an ant. I’m nearly 50 and I’ve never eaten an ant.”

Susanna, who continued to chuckle, added: “No, well I don’t think we’re missing out on much, although environmentalists do say insects are a good source of protein and a good alternative.

“But that is another argument.” 

Moving on from the subject of ants, Bear opened up on having a cup of tea with President Obama when they for an episode of Running Wild With Bear Grylls.

Bear said: “The President was great, we ended up sharing a fire and sharing a cup of tea.” 

Bear recalled cooking up a wild salmon with the former President around a fire, while his White House staff prepared one for him. 

Good Morning Britain continues weekdays on ITV between 6am and 9am. 

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