HRH Prince William will be King of England sometime in the future, and his life has been in the spotlight since the beginning. However, there are still many things that people don’t know about the British aristocrat, such as his love for surfing or his cool Harry Potter scar. Did you know that Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales, had trouble choosing his name? Let’s find out more!
Most people are used to the fact that royal babies are normally born at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in London. However, this was a tradition that Princess Diana started with her first child, Prince William. She did the same with Prince Harry years later. In the past decade, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have all had their children at the same place. Meanwhile, Prince Harry and Meghan decided to break this tradition with a private birth.
Most of the men in Prince William’s family have entered the military. Therefore, it was not surprising that he followed in the generations-old tradition. He has the title of Flight Lieutenant Wales in the Royal Air Force and served for seven years officially. When Duke of Cambridge graduated from the Royal Military Academy, he said, "The motto of the academy is 'Serve to Lead'… It means being the one who must make tough decisions and lead in the face of adversity.”
Thanks to his amazing military career, the Prince is known for being a great pilot. Furthermore, he did not give up that vocation after finishing his military career. He continued to work by flying air ambulances, also known as medevacs. William also told the BBC that he wanted to make a real contribution to people and that it wasn’t always easy collaborating in that field.
Both Prince William and Prince Harry still talk about the tragic passing of Princess Diana. William was just 15 years old at the time, and he revealed that it’s hard to forget what happened. His emotions were even heightened at one point while working in a particular case in the air ambulance. The patient had also been in a car accident, and the Duke remembered that family’s worries well.
The prince also admitted that he still feels guilt over not being able to save his mother. Naturally, he was just a young child and could not do anything. However, he believes that maybe if he had been older, something could have been done. The only bright side is that his worries have led him to support mental and health causes, especially after trying to help his brother as he grew up.
Everyone in the royal family has different hobbies that they indulge in every once in a while. But surfing might sound a little far-fetched for someone of his status. Regardless, it’s a pastime that Prince William loves. Shortly after Prince George was born, he was seen in a wet suit in Devon. He was celebrating a "stag-do" with his friends
Just like Prince Charles, Prince William started to lose some of his hair several years ago. However, he keeps a great sense of humor about it, even joking that newborn Prince George had even more hair than he did. However, some people, including actor Rob Lowe, have talked negatively about it. It’s completely natural, and either way, he’ll be wearing a crown to cover it.
While most people know that Prince William attended the University of St. Andrews, many folks don’t know much about his education. As a young boy, he went to Jane Mynors’ nursery school, and then, pre-preparatory Wetherby School located in London. Afterward, Prince William studied at Ludgrove School and got accepted to Eton College. At Eton, he studied Geography, Biology, and Art. That’s why he went to St. Andrews, where the prince met Kate Middleton.
Every mother might have different nicknames for their child. There are tons of short versions of the name “William” that Princess Diana could have used at the time. In fact, after he was born, the press called him “Wills,” which is not that creative. Meanwhile, the Princess of Wales referred to her son as “Wombat.”
Prince William normally attends several sports events as part of his royal duties, and in 2014, he was named president of the British Sub-Aqua Club. This government entity supervises any activity that requires diving for entertainment in the United Kingdom. The Duke of Cambridge followed the tradition, as Prince Charles and his grandfather were also presidents in the past.
2017 marked the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s passing. Princes William and Harry wanted to commemorate the event with a special statue of her to be placed in Kensington Palace. They even announced Ian Rank-Broadley as the sculptor for the piece. It was supposed to be done by 2019, but the princes wanted everything to be perfect. So, the project got delayed.
An interesting detail around the birth of Prince William is that Prince Charles and Diana had trouble choosing his name. Originally, the Prince of Wales wanted to name him Albert, but she wanted something like Sebastian. They eventually compromised on William Arthur Philip Louis Windsor. However, for the first week of his life, the prince was called “Baby Wales” due to this conundrum.
While many things about royal protocol have changed since the birth of Prince William, it took a long time. Interestingly, his parents were breaking royal tradition when he was just a few months old. In 1985, the Prince and Princess of Wales went on a royal tour of Australia and New Zealand. They took the baby with them. This was a huge breach of protocol because two royal heirs cannot travel together.
It turns out that Prince William and Harry Potter have something else in common apart from being British. In 1991, a friend from school accidentally hit the Duke of Cambridge with a golf club. That left him with a lightning bolt scar on his forehead. Of course, it’s not as pronounced as Harry’s, but people can see it.
Polo is another important pastime for royal family members, but Prince William had one problem. He is left-handed, and the rules of the game only allow for right-handed use. Therefore, the Duke of Cambridge had to teach himself how to play with his non-dominant arm. With tons of determination, the young prince did it and still plays like that.
It’s interesting to learn more about Prince William, and how down-to-earth he seems despite his status. Let us know which fact was the most surprising. If you liked this article, share it with your friends that love information about the royal family. See you next time!