George and Charlotte's unusual nickname for William revealed: 'Sweet'

The young royals have a funny nickname for their father.

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Prince George and Princess Charlotte's unusual nickname for their father Prince William has been revealed by British TV chef Ainsley Harriott. The chef has revealed how a radio interview he did was heard by the royals and kickstarted the funny nickname.

Speaking with The Sun, Ainsley shared that he was chatting with Radio 1's Greg James about how to pass time in the bath, with the pair joking about cooking a fish in the bath.

Prince William, Princess Kate, Prince George and Princess Charlotte
Prince George and Princess Charlotte's unusual nickname for their dad Prince William has been revealed by a TV chef. Photo: Getty

"Greg asked 'could you cook a fish in the bath?'" the chef said. "I said 'yeah, if it's a little bit of seabass or plaice or something like that'. You wouldn't want a thick bit of fish because it wouldn't poach.

"Anyway, apparently Prince William and Kate were taking George and Charlotte to school and they found it hysterical."

William later went to the radio station, telling Greg, "The kids love it. They loved that you were talking about eating fish in the water."


Ainsley then changed his famously memed catchphrase, "Why hello there, Jill," which went viral after greeting a competition winner in her home on live TV, saying to Will, "Why hello there, Will. Poachy, poachy, poachy."

He shared, "George and Charlotte now call their dad Poachy. Isn't that sweet and so lovely?"

Prince William's many nicknames

Princess Diana, Prince Charles and Prince William in Australia
During a trip to Australia, William earned himself the nickname 'Wombat', which has apparently stuck 'til this day. Photo: Getty

It's not William's only nickname. In Prince Harry's book Spare, he refers to his brother throughout the book as 'Willy', with William referring to his younger brother as 'Harold'.

Princess Diana used to affectionately call William "Wombat".

"It began when I was two ... 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 revealed in a 2007 interview with NBC.

Prince Harry and Prince William
Prince Harry revealed in his book Spare that he calls William 'Willy', while his nickname is 'Harold'. Photo: Getty

It seems the name has stuck, with the Prince adding, "I can’t get rid of it now."

It's believed even his children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, use it sometimes.


According to the Daily Mail, infant William was also known by his father Prince Charles as ‘whirlwind Will’, due to his cheeky habit of flushing shoes down the royal loo, pushing the palace panic buttons and threatening to behead his friends or lock them up in the Tower of London.

Charles also apparently used to call his son 'Basher', because the young royal was blunt to the point of rudeness, and had a habit of being "very destructive".

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