20 Surprising Facts About Prince William

Amy Goldman | Jan 12, 2016 Celebrities
20 Surprising Facts About Prince William
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Prince William at the birth of his third child St. Mary's Hospital
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Prince William has been in the spotlight since he was first born and introduced to the world in the same way that his now three children made their debut. So, every fact about Prince William is already out there, right? Nah, not necessarily. The truth is that there are so many facts about the Duke of Cambridge that the public doesn't know! Sure, there are the basics that the whole world is already aware of: William is a doting husband to Kate, a devoted father to three children, handsome, loves sport (as it's known in England), is involved in multiple charities, and has something in common with everyone's favorite British "chosen" child aka Harry Potter. 
But there is plenty of insider, behind-the-scenes, little-known info about the duke as well. Not necessarily the scandalous kind that would make for eyebrow-raising and tongue-clucking, but just the kinds of facts that people who haven't done a lot of research on the Windsors may not already be well-aware of. He may be mostly formal and quite poised the majority of the time, since that sort of comes with the royal territory thing. But that doesn't mean he's boring -- not the slightest bit.
Want to learn more about this future king of England? Here, 20 surprising facts about the dashing royal. Somehow we knew there is more to him than meets the eye.
  • Maybe Baby


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    William was born at St. Mary's Hospital in London, the same hospital where his children George and Charlotte were born. William was 7lb 1.5oz when he was born on June 21, 1982. 

  • Mind the Gap


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    Wills didn't waste his gap year like many an aimless teenager. Instead, he spent it doing seriously good deeds, like working on a farm in the UK, visiting parts of Africa, working in Chile with other people his age, and spending time in Belize. 

  • The Sporting Life


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    William is just as athletic as his impressively outdoorsy wife Kate. While in school, he played a variety of sports, including skiing, tennis, football, hockey, rafting, rowing, shooting, and water polo. Will is still a football fan, supporting team Aston Villa. He also plays polo at charity events and tennis with Kate.  

  • Street Smarts


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    One night in 2009, Wills slept outside on the street in central London to raise awareness for Centrepoint. He has been a patron of the important charity, which supports homeless youth, since 2005.

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  • Dark of the Matinee


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    William became president of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) in 2010. A long-time film lover, he's been seen going to the cinema to watch movies including Bridesmaids, The Inbetweeners, The Avengers, Shaun the Sheep, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two. 

  • The Chosen One


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    Wills sports a scar on his forehead, much like a certain beloved fictional British character. Unlike Harry Potter, though, Will got his scar when he was smacked in the head with a golf club at school. 

  • The Name Game


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    William's complete title is His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge KG KT. He is also the Earl of Strathearn, Baron Carrickfergus, and a Counsellor of State, which means that he would assist with some of the queen's duties in her absence. 

  • Medieval Times

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    Not only did Wills become the youngest knight when he was knighted as a Royal Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, but he also became the 1,000th member in the world's oldest order of chivalry, which originated in 1348. Additionally, William was conferred to the Order of the Thistle in 2012.  

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  • A Man in Uniform


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    During his seven and a half years of military service, Will undertook 156 helicopter search and rescue operations. From 2005 to 2013, he served as an Officer Cadet, an officer in the Household Cavalry, a Lieutenant in the Household Cavalry, an RAF pilot, an Honorary Air Commandant of Royal Air Force Coningsby, a Flight Lieutenant, a Search and Rescue pilot, and finally an operational captain with the Search and Rescue Force.

  • The Geographer


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    Having earned a Masters of Arts, William holds the highest educational degree of any member of the royal family. He received an MA in Geography from the University of St Andrews in Scotland in 2005.

  • Just Desserts


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    William seems to have a bit of a sweet tooth. According to former royal cook Darren McGrady, "William loved ice cream and would eat it sitting in the kitchen windowsill, chatting away ... He was also very fond of banana flan." Will is also a fan of chocolate biscuit cake and requested it as his royal wedding cake. 

  • Better Than Marvel


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    Wills currently works as an air ambulance pilot with East Anglian Air Ambulance. This makes him the first royal in direct line to the throne to take a civilian job. Oh, and in case you didn't think he could be any more impressive, Wills donates his entire salary to charity.

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  • A Case of the Jitters


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    Prince William gets nervous before big events just like we do. He shared that he barely slept the night before his wedding, admitting, "I hadn't slept at all that night because obviously all the crowds were on The Mall ... They were singing and cheering all night long. So, the excitement of that, the nervousness of me, and everyone singing meant I slept for about half an hour."  

  • Out of the Kitchen


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    Apparently cooking is not among Will's many talents. According to the Duke of Cambridge, "When I was trying to impress Kate I was trying to cook these amazing fancy dinners and what would happen was I would burn something, something would overspill, something would catch fire." We bet Kate appreciated that he even tried!
  • Invisibility Cloak

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    When asked what he would do if he were invisible for a day, Wills gave a refreshingly honest answer: "I'd probably get myself in a lot of trouble. I'd probably go into the newspaper office, and I'd hide in the background and listen to all the stories they talk about me." 

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  • Starstruck by Supermodels

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    As it turns out, before Kate, William had a thing for '90s supermodels. In a 2017 documentary called Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, William recalled coming home from school to find supermodels Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, and Naomi Campbell waiting at the top of the stairs. "I was probably a 12- or 13-year-old boy who had posters of them on his wall, and I went bright red and I didn't quite know what to say and sort of fumbled," he said. "I think I pretty much fell down the stairs on the way up. I was completely and utterly awestruck."

  • The Last Conversation With Princess Diana

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    In the documentary, Prince William also opened up about the last conversation he and Prince Harry had with their mother Princess Diana before her death in Paris on August 31, 1997. He explained that they had been playing with their cousins in Balmoral and wanted to get off the phone so they could keep playing. William said: "Harry and I were in a desperate rush to say 'goodbye, see you later, can I go off?' If I’d known what was going to happen I wouldn’t have been quite so blasé about it."

  • 'Box Setty'

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    William has revealed that he and Kate are quite "box setty" when it comes to their favorite TV programs. They're "big fans of Homeland," think Game of Thrones is "worth watching," and love Aussie soap Neighbours.

  • So Emotional

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    In 2016, Prince William explained that fatherhood has made him "a lot more emotional than I used to be. Now the smallest little things, you well up a little more, you get affected by the sort of things that happen around the world a lot more. Just because you realize how precious life is and it puts it all in perspective." Aww.

  • Targeted by Pranksters

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    William's former RAF colleagues admitted that they often played pranks on the Prince: "We spent a few pounds on Kate and William memorabilia and strategically secreted it around the place, so he might find his own face on a cushion or see it on a cup when you give him a cup of tea," one shared.

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