Prince Daniel's Royal Dad Confession: 3-Year-Old 'Princess Estelle Is Better on Skis Than Me'

Prince Daniel’s Says 3-Year-Old 'Princess Estelle Is Better on Skis Than Me'
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02/22/2016 AT 02:10 PM EST

Sweden's Princess Estelle has become quite the royal ski bunny!

The young princess is not quite 4 years old, and according to her father, former personal fitness trainer Prince Daniel, she's already beating him on the slopes.

The husband of the very pregnant Princess Victoria was out in the snow near Stockholm on Monday to boost a nationwide Swedish Ski Association drive that annually involves more than 20,000 fourth graders in skiing.

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"This is a fantastic opportunity for children to try out skiing and winter sports. It's vital to establish positive habits and the feeling of 'I can handle this' early in life," Prince Daniel told reporters.



"When you're confident on the physical plane as a child, there's a better chance of carrying that motivation through into adult life," he said of the initiative.

While cross-country skiing is "very good endurance exercise," the prince told Svenskdam that he personally prefers to ski downhill.



And when it comes to who is the best skier in the royal family, Prince Daniel admitted: "My wife [Crown Princess Victoria], Estelle and then me."

"[Estelle is] much better than me," he said. "She's been out on the slopes every season during the past couple of years.

"She's a competitive little person, I think she's inherited that from Mom and Dad."



When asked for the latest details on his wife's pregnancy, Prince Daniel said,"You must be patient!"

The country is anxiously awaiting the birth of the couple's second child. Victoria, who is nine months pregnant, has canceled her annual March 12 "Name Day" celebrations in anticipation of her little royal arrival.

And if Victoria, who is reportedly planning a home birth in the palace, gives birth tomorrow, the little prince or princess will share a birthday with Princess Estelle, who turns four on Tuesday.
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