Kate and William’s private nicknames show couple’s brutal side

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It has now been 12 years since Prince William and Kate, Princess of Wales, tied the knot before 1,900 guests at Westminster Abbey while more than 23 million people watched on around the world. Since that fairytale day in 2021, the couple has travelled the world together and now have three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. While their wedding looked like something out of a novel, their relationship behind the scenes is one that will look familiar to many, particularly the couple’s cheeky nicknames for each other.

The Princess of Wales takes the mick of William by referring to him as “baldy”, a source revealed last month.

This “sharp retort” is typically said in response to the Prince of Wales fussing over her “endless mane of hair” while poking fun at William’s hair loss, the Sun reported.

It became apparent earlier this year that Kate was not the only one to have noticed William’s change in appearance over the past few years as Prince Harry, writing in his memoir Spare, described being struck by his older brother’s “alarming baldness”.

The 40-year-old dishes it out to his wife too, also taking a “subtle dig” at Kate, Tom Quinn, author new book Gilded Youth: An Intimate History of Growing Up in the Royal Family revealed in an interview with Fox.

A former member of palace staff, who knew Prince William, told the royal biographer that he calls Kate “Duchess of Doolittle” — or “DoD” for short.

This reportedly stems from the allegation that Queen Elizabeth II would criticise Kate for not pursuing a career before she married William in 2011.

After leaving university, where she met William, Kate had a job in fashion, working as an accessory buyer at Jigsaw. She also worked for her family’s highly lucrative business, Party Pieces.

It has also been reported that Kate would cheekily refer to the heir as “Big Willy” — although this name is said to have been left behind in their university days at St Andrew’s.

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It seems William’s unfortunate nicknames began shortly after he was born. The late Princess Diana fondly began calling him “Willy the Wombat” after a trip to Australia when the Prince was just a toddler.

In an interview with NBC in 2007, William explained that he had presumed that the name had no connection to his appearance.

He said: “It began when I was two … when we went to Australia with our parents, and the wombat, you know, that’s the local animal, so I just basically got called that, not because I look like a wombat, or maybe I do.”

Not all the names the couple uses for each other contain some kind of swipe.

William, who proposed to Kate in Kenya in 2010, is said to call the Princess of Wales “babykins” while she reportedly calls him “babe”, a popular pet name many couples use.

The nicknames, it seems, are a way of having fun. Much of the Royal Family’s time is spent fulfilling engagements, with William and Kate having very little alone time, constantly surrounded by palace aides.

Mr Quinn said: “The big stress for William and Kate is that they’re constantly surrounded. It’s like a Jane Austen novel.”

The Queen and Prince Philip — who were married for 73 years — also used funny nicknames for each other with the Duke of Edinburgh calling the late Monarch “cabbage” or “sausage”.

Throughout Spare, Harry refers to his older brother as “Willie” meanwhile he is always called “Harold”.

Another source, also speaking to the Sun, explained that the Royals have always “played” in private with nicknames being a way of “taking the family tension out of things”.

Tom Quinn’s Gilded Youth: An Intimate History of Growing Up in the Royal Family, published by Biteback, is available here.

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