As a toddler, Prince William was regarded as a “holy terror,” and Queen Elizabeth complained to Prince Philip that their grandson was “out of control,” according to Tina Brown’s book, “The Palace Papers,” which was published on Tuesday.
“She was not amused that he loved to say, ‘When I am king, I’m going to make a new rule that…,’” Brown writes.
When Diana and Charles returned from a royal tour of Canada in 1983, William, whom they had nicknamed “Wombat,” had become “a holy terror dashing about bumping into tables and lamps, breaking everything in sight.”
“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.’ “
Highgrove guards grew tired of the youngster squirting them with a water gun all the time, and he was dubbed “Basher Wills” at pre-school.
However, around the age of six, William began to behave, and Harry transformed into a “exuberant imp of misrule,” once smearing sheep dung on his father’s suit as he was about to board a helicopter for an official trip.
Charles is said to have wailed, “Look at me! I am absolutely covered in sheep shit!”
As Prince William grew older, he became a sounding board for Princess Diana whom she saw as her “most trusted confidant” and “my little wise old man.”
Following a particularly heinous argument between his parents, William famously pushed tissues under her bathroom door, saying, “I hate to see you sad.”
“William understood Diana more (than Harry), but idealized her less. He was privy to her volatile love life. He knew the tabloids made her life hell, but he also knew she colluded with them,” Brown writes.