Prince William and Kate Middleton are careful not to make public displays of affection during their royal engagements – but behind palace doors, they’re just like us.
The claim was made by royal author Tom Quinn in a new book titled Gilded Youth: An Intimate History of Growing Up in the Royal Family. It includes exclusive testimonies from palace staff with historical sources, as well as members of the royal family. It aims to examine the traditional upbringing of the British royal family and how it has affected them over the years.
“Someone in the palace told me about the nicknames they have for each other,” Quinn told Fox News Digital. “But it’s not all sweet. They have terrible rows where they throw things at each other. Kate can seem like a very calm person, and so does William. But it’s not always true. Because the big stress for William and Kate is that constantly surrounded by [palace aides]. It’s like a Jane Austen novel.”
A former palace staffer who knew the Princess of Wales claimed to Quinn that Middleton, 41, refers to William, 40, as ‘baby’ while calling her ‘Duchess of Doolittle’.
According to reports, William also calls his wife ‘Babykins’ and ‘DoD’, the shortened version of ‘Duchess of Doolittle’. A report claimed the ‘Duchess of Doolittle’ is a ‘polite dig’ after Middleton was previously criticized by Queen Elizabeth II for not having a full-time career before the couple married in 2011.
According to a report, William is upset about Middleton’s “endless mane of hair” which causes her to jokingly call him “bald”.
A source claimed in the book that when William “crosses” his wife, he will call her “dear” with “signs of annoyance” detectable in his tone.
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William previously admitted in an interview with NBC in 2007 that his mother, Princess Diana, called him “Wombat,” a name that stuck with him into adulthood.
However, as soon as they can argue, the couple will “relax”.
“Kate is very calm,” Quinn explained. “William is the one who’s a bit hot-headed. We see an example of that in Harry’s book… But Kate is very thin. She’s the one who’s going to pour oil on troubled waters and say, ‘Let’s not stir things up’.”
In the book, the mother of three is described as having a “Buddhist calm”.
“Of course, in private, William and Kate, like all couples, fall out and scream and yell at each other and say mean things to each other, but Kate is a comforter by instinct and William always backs down as he’s had more from enough emotional turmoil, divorce and turmoil as a child,” Quinn wrote.
“He hates confrontation,” Quinn added.
The couple first met while studying at the University of St Andrews. Their friendship turned romantic in 2002 and their relationship went public in 2004. They broke up in 2007 and got back together the same year. In 2010, William proposed and the couple married the following year.
Quinn’s said Middleton’s stoic demeanor was essential to her success in navigating the traditions of the British royal family.
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“I remember when the press was so horrible to Kate,” she explained. “They said because her mother was a flight attendant, as they called it in those days, no one would invite the family to events where anyone important was present. The press said how he came from working class people. , which is absolutely harsh to say. But Kate never answered. He didn’t complain. He didn’t write letters to the press or call publishers. He didn’t say anything. And that was a good move. She showed how calm she was about these things and didn’t make a fuss. And then, it disappeared.”
“Kate and Meghan [Markle] it got the same bad press coverage,” he continued. “But in Megan’s case, she complained that it was unfair, it was rude, it was horrible. This only keeps the story alive for weeks. In Kate’s case, she ignored it. She is very wise about it. And I think when she gets into fights with William, she does the same thing – she just ignores it.”
According to Quinn, it is known within the royal family that the Prince and Princess of Wales do not want to be seen as “the perfect couple that everyone else has to try and emulate”.
“He said, ‘Like any other couple, we have days where we really, really confuse each other, or days when we don’t talk to each other,'” Quinn said. “They want to be seen as a normal couple with the same anxiety to they have children, work and everything else life brings.”
One thing the couple has agreed on is how they want to raise their children, Quinn said. Their eldest son, Prince George, 9, is second in line to the throne.
“I think they are the first generation that you could say have broken the mold of this very traditional royal parenting where you basically pay other people to do all the work and you only see your kids for half an hour a day. ” said Quinn. “They’ve broken the mold, but not completely. I think they like the idea that they’ve come up with, that they want their kids to have a more normal childhood because that goes down well with the public. On the one hand, they want to represent that traditional continuity, that glorious world to which the rest of us can look. On the other hand, however, they want to be seen as ordinary people like the rest.”
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“They’ve said they want their kids to have a more normal childhood, and I think they will,” Quinn shared. “But it won’t be as much as the rest of us. It won’t be in the same way we define it. They’ve moved to Windsor, although they’ve kept their flat in Kensington Palace. They’ve moved to Windsor because there’s a lot more room for for the children to play. But Eton, the prestigious school the boys are most likely to go to, is only 10 minutes from Windsor. And that means their parents can see them more often. When they are poor [King] Charles was sent to school in Scotland, not seeing his parents for months at a time.’
According to Quinn’s book, Middleton “wants to escape her middle-class childhood.” “She doesn’t like burgers and chips and wouldn’t dream of taking her kids to McDonald’s and she doesn’t rock the boat when the sheer weight of traditional royal pursuits weighs on their kids.” Quinn shared that she “cried” on her first hunting outing with the royal family, “but she accepts that if the royals do it, then she has to live with it.”
A Buckingham Palace spokesman did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment about Quinn’s book. However, a spokesperson previously told Fox News Digital that the palace generally does not comment on “such books.”