Prince William's unruly behaviour at school earned him a VERY un-royal nickname

PRINCE William was given a rather unflattering nickname at school due to his ‘unruly behaviour’, it has been claimed. 

According to Robert Lacey’s royal biography Battle of Brothers, William was called ‘Basher Wills’ or ‘Billy the Basher’ by his classmates. 

The royal biographer wrote: “Still not ten years old, William was already establishing the pattern of open disdain and aggression towards his father that would mark his early adult life – but more of that later.

“The young prince had picked up his nicknames of ‘Basher Wills’ or ‘Billy the Basher’ when he joined Mrs Jane Mynors’ Nursery School in Notting Hill, not far from Kensington Palace, in September 1985. 

“Noisy, cheeky and defiant of discipline, Wills soon angered his classmates by pushing his way to the front of the dinner queue and getting involved in playground fights.”

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According to Robert, William would tell pupils that his “daddy’s the Prince of Wales.”

William’s cheeky behaviour was also noted by royal author Penny Junor at the wedding of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson in 1886. 

She said William “fidgeted throughout the ceremony, rolled his order of service into a trumpet, scratched his head, covered his face with his fingers, poked his tongue out at Laura, and left the Abbey with his sailor hat wildly askew”.

William’s mum Princess Diana was quoted as saying: “William’s very enthusiastic about things. He pushes himself right into it.”

William’s nanny Ruth Wallace was left  “to administer some correction” over the young royal’s behaviour, claimed Robert.


In 1987, when William was five, nanny Ruth had to take him home from a birthday party after he threw a tantrum after not being allowed to blow out candles on the cake.

William had allegedly shown his displeasure by throwing ice cream and sandwiches, and Nanny Ruth made him clear up before they left.

Meanwhile, intimate pics capture tender moments between Kate Middleton and Prince William as couple look more in love than ever.

We previously shared how Kate stunned in a 10-year-old recycled gown as eco-savvy Prince William aptly wore a velvet green suit jacket at the awards show.

Meanwhile, Kate said ‘anyone can become an addict’ as she joined Ant and Dec for charity bash.

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