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A young Prince William once told his nanny "When I am king I will have you punished"

A young Prince William once told his nanny "When I am king I will have you punished"

Even Queen Elizabeth was worried about her grandson at one point as she complained to the late Prince Philip about William being "out of control."

It may not seem that way now but Prince William was once known for being a "holy terror" when he was a mere toddler. Even Queen Elizabeth was worried about her grandson at one point as she complained to the late Prince Philip about William being "out of control," according to Tina Brown's book The Palace Papers, where she has dropped quite a number of bombshells from Megxit to Andrew’s scandals. 

"She was not amused that he loved to say, ‘When I am king, I’m going to make a new rule that…,'" wrote Brown in her book which became available on Tuesday. Apparently, Diana too admitted that their eldest son, who was nicknamed "Wombat," was turning into "a holy terror — dashing about bumping into tables and lamps, breaking everything in sight" after returning from a royal tour of Canada with Charles in 1983.

"By the time he was four, he had the unattractive habit of yapping at his nanny, Barbara Barnes, 'No one tells me what to do! When I am king I will have you punished,'" he would say. The guards at Highgrove had grown extremely weary of the young boy who would constantly squirt them with a water gun. At pre-school he was known as "Basher Wills."



 

That being said, at around the age of 6, William began behaving himself but his brother Harry transformed into an "exuberant imp of misrule" to such an extent that he once smeared sheep dung all over Prince Charles' suit just as he was about to board a helicopter for an official trip.  



 

"Look at me! I am absolutely covered in sheep shit!" he wailed at that point according to Page Six. Things kept changing as William grew older. He became a sounding board for Diana, who considered him "my little wise old man" and her "most trusted confidant." The growing tension between his parents may have had something to do with William slowly becoming an emphatic person as he made sure that he was always there for his mother.

After one nasty fight between his parents, William reportedly pushed tissues under the door of Diana's bathroom. "I hate to see you sad," he said to his beloved mother. "William understood Diana more (than Harry), but idealized her less," writes Brown. "He was privy to her volatile love life. He knew the tabloids made her life hell, but he also knew she colluded with them."

Cover image source: Getty | Photo by Dan Kitwood

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