Prince William Revealed the Adorable Nickname Princess Diana Gave Him

Prince William revealed mom Princess Diana gave him an extremely cute nickname as a child, in a resurfaced 2007 interview with NBC.

london, united kingdom february 01 princess diana with her son, prince william, at kensington palace photo by tim graham photo library via getty images
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  • In a resurfaced 2007 interview with NBC, Prince William revealed mom Princess Diana gave him an extremely cute nickname as a child.
  • Diana called her eldest son "wombat" after the royals visited Australia—and the nickname stuck.
  • "I can’t get rid of it now," William said.

Here is a sweet royal anecdote: Prince William's late mom, Princess Diana, gave him a nickname when he was a kid, and said nickname has held firm in the many years since. As the Daily Express reports, William revealed the nickname in a recently resurfaced interview with NBC back in 2007. So what, exactly, did Diana call her son? "Wombat."

"When we went to Australia with our parents, and the wombat, you know, that’s the local animal, so I just basically got called that, not because I look like a wombat, or maybe I do," William said in 2007. "I can’t get rid of it now. It began when I was two." Delightful!

aberdeen, united kingdom october 24 prince william with his mother princess diana at aberdeen airport on their way home from balmoral photo by tim graham photo library via getty images

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In a BBC documentary that aired in May, Football, Prince William and our Mental HealthWilliam spoke about the trauma of losing his mother at a young age—and revisiting those emotions after he became a father. Speaking to former soccer player Marvin Sordell, who shared his own experience of becoming a parent after growing up without his father, William said, "I think when you’ve been through something traumatic in life... my mother dying when I was younger, the emotions come back, in leaps and bounds."

"Having children is the biggest life-changing moment, it really is," the Duke continued. "It’s one of the most amazing moments of life, but it’s also one of the scariest."

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Emily Dixon
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Emily Dixon is a British journalist who’s contributed to CNN, Teen Vogue, Time, Glamour, The Guardian, Wonderland, The Big Roundtable, Bust, and more, on everything from mental health to fashion to political activism to feminist zine collectives. She’s also a committed Beyoncé, Kacey Musgraves, and Tracee Ellis Ross fan, an enthusiastic but terrible ballet dancer, and a proud Geordie lass.