Prince William was born 38 years ago and was the first child for parents Prince Charles and Princess Diana, who had only wed the previous year in a glamorous ceremony. Last week, the heir to the throne celebrated his birthday with his wife Kate Middleton and three children, while they continued to observe the Government’s coronavirus lockdown restrictions. Most members of the Royal Family wished him well on Sunday, which coincided with this year’s Father’s Day, and saw him share an adorable photograph of himself with his own dad Charles.
But in one particularly cutting moment after he was born, grandmother Queen Elizabeth made a hilarious dig at Charles when seeing William for the very first time.
Andrew Morton, in his 1992 book ‘Diana – Her True Story’, relived the encounter from four decades ago, while also exposing an “argument” between Charles and the Princess of Wales over what to call the young royal baby.
He wrote: “Joy was unconfined. At 9.03pm on June 21, 1982, Diana produced the son and heir which was cause for national rejoicing.
“When the Queen came to visit her grandchild the following day her comment was typical. As she looked at the tiny bundle she said drily: ‘Thank goodness he hasn’t got ears like his father’.
“The second in line to the throne was still known officially as ‘Baby Wales’ and it took several days of discussion before they arrived at a name.
“Prince Charles admitted as much: ‘We’ve thought of one or two. There’s a bit of an argument about it, but we’ll find one eventually.’
“Charles wanted to call his first son Arthur and his second Albert, after Queen Victoria’s consort.
“William and Harry were Diana’s choices while her husband’s preferences were used in their children’s middle names.”
She said: “After the divorce Charles got a very good friend in Diana because she understood him.
“Nobody is happy if their other half has affairs, but she loved him with all her heart.
“If they had left it 10 years and then got married, I believe they would be together today.
“They would have had their differences, but I think they may have got back together.”