Princess Diana used to call her son Prince William, who is now second in line to the throne, “wombat” when he was a child. In a 2007 interview with NBC, William admitted that he has been called by this nickname ever since.
“I can’t get rid of it now. It began when I was two,” he said.
“I’ve been rightfully told because I can’t remember back that far, but 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.”
Wombats are quadrupedal marsupials that are native to Australia and measure about 1 metre in length.
According to Prince William’s wife, the Duke of Cambridge has been given other names among the royal family.
The Duchess of Cambridge said Prince George, six, and Princess Charlotte, five, call their father “pops”.
Prince William has been working from home, ensuring he provided support for healthcare workers while they fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
William and Kate have been holding Zoom calls with frontline workers, participated in the weekly Clap For Carers and William even joined a comedy sketch for the BBC’s Big Night In.
They also created a mental health campaign, Our Frontline, to help frontline workers overcome the negative effects of the pandemic.
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Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, said: “They feel almost wholly responsible as they are the only influential ones young enough to be out there at the moment, apart from Sophie and Edward and The Princess Royal.
“They have the highest profile and want to use it to the benefit of the monarchy, which has to be seen as being a comfort to people at this time.”
The royal couple also toured the London Ambulance Service 111 control room in Croydon and thanked the key workers for their efforts.
Prince William has also recently worked with leading sportspeople for the Heads Up campaign.
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The campaign supports male mental health through the medium of football.
He spoke in a video conference with Arsenal players earlier this month, after it was revealed this year’s Emirates FA Cup Final will be renamed the “Heads Up FA Cup Final”.
The Duke said: “I am really pleased that you guys are coming back to football soon.
“You’re probably desperate to get back on the pitch and everyone is desperate to see some football again.
“You’ll provide the nation with a much needed relief and boost for their mental health seeing some football back again so it’s really good news.”
Speaking of the pandemic, he added: “I think there’s going to be, sadly, a lot of repercussions from this in society, not just in football, in terms of people’s mental health.