DM: Prince William is worried about developing a ‘dreaded, chubby dadbod’

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For all of my complaints about Prince William, I’ve never felt one way or the other about his weight or fitness. He seems like a guy who has kept in pretty good shape throughout adulthood, honestly. I know he used to be a runner, and I suspect he probably still does more cardio than weight training. He also reportedly stays on a pretty healthy diet, because Kate and Carole seem to have determined a lot of the food choices for that household. My point? William seems pretty fit. And no surprise, he’s looking for a gym in London, now that his family is there full time. So he’s thinking about joining his mother’s old gym, the Chelsea Harbour Club. Apparently, he worries he’s going to get a “dadbod.”

After quitting the healthy country air of Norfolk and his job as an air ambulance pilot, it seems Prince William is worried that he’s starting to lose his fitness – and could even develop a dreaded, chubby ‘dad bod’. So to stave off the effects of a sedentary city lifestyle, I can reveal the soon-to-be father of three has signed on for sessions at an exclusive gym – the Chelsea Harbour Club. The fitness centre was a regular haunt for his mother Diana in the 1990s, who was often seen there in her gym kit after her marriage to Prince Charles collapsed.

William, 35, visited the club after dropping Prince George off at Battersea for his first day at Thomas’s school. However, getting fit wasn’t the main thing on his mind when he was shown round. He asked staff if they still made the special cookies Diana used to buy him as a treat when they went there together.

Says my source: ‘He visited the cafe and told staff that Diana would buy a cookie for him as a treat if he’d been behaving well. He still remembers how special they were. The chefs started flapping, saying they’d find the recipe and rustle one up right away, but he said he didn’t want any special treatment.’

It was at the club’s cafe that Diana met England rugby captain Will Carling in 1995 and began a ‘close friendship’ which was never officially confirmed as a romance but resulted in his divorce from then-wife Julia a year later.

[From The Daily Mail]

I think Will and Kate have a home gym in Anmer Hall, plus Will got to be outdoorsy, taking walks and riding horses and whatever. So moving back to London full time, it makes sense that he’s looking for a full-time gym, although one would think there’s enough space in Kensington Palace for a home gym. That’s not the point though! The point is that William is a normal bloke, who doesn’t want special treatment, who just worries about his dadbod like normal blokes. Are you buying that? Or is he looking to meet some posh gym girls?

You know what William really should spend some money on? Proper crotch tailoring. I’m sick of his too-tight pants and his moose knuckle. #MooseKnuckleAwareness

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  1. Mermaid says:

    I thought I read that Charles stuck to a pretty low calorie healthy diet too? All of these people are super image conscious and don’t want to look heavy in pictures.

    • Alexandria says:

      To be fair, I wouldn’t want to look heavy when my pictures are splayed all over tabloids.

    • Enough Already says:

      Charles is extremely health conscious but gastric issues in his early twenties prompted him to adopt a spartan diet. The results were quite advantageous so he stuck with it, reportedly gaining more energy, maintaining optimal weight and sleeping better a night. He only eats small amounts of extremely lean meat and steamed, locally sourced vegetables. For official dinners his preferences are sent in advance or he simply pushes his food around on his plate. Years of polo also kept his figure trim. Except for his great-grandmother Mary, heaviness runs in his family so it makes sense Charles would be cautious.

      • Citresse says:

        His brother Andrew has always been on the chubby side but he prefers a diet very different from the veg diet Charles enjoys.
        I noted William’s biceps during their trip to Australia in 2014. The photos from the zoo. He looked fit but probably has to watch his diet.

      • Enough Already says:

        Agree. Luckily William has the Plantagenet height to help offset the Tudor pudge lol. Diana was a great fan of junk food and I suspect her boys also have a taste for it. During the dating years Kate insisted that he eat out less and stop eating so much rich, fried foods, according to William and Harry’s biographer. After George was born William told reporters he splurged on a large pizza with sausage, peppers, arugula and goat cheese so, yeah, I think Kate calls the dietary shots at home. Maybe that’s why Carole slips him cheese on toast during TV night lol.

      • Citresse says:

        Enough Already, LOL when I read about William’s pizza after birth of George, my first thought was that doc I viewed on YouTube titled: Inside the body of Henry Vlll.

      • Enough Already says:

        Lol imagining an overweight William in hose and garters!

      • perplexed says:

        William must have a fast metabolism or exercise A LOT, because I don’t think he’s ever been fat in his life, not even when he’s been splurging on rich foods.

        Everyone from Queen Elizabeth on down has looked slim to me. Prince Philip has never appeared to be fat. Fergie was the only one in the family who seemed chubby. And, of course, she lost all of that on Weight Watchers.

      • Enough Already says:

        Queen Elizabeth maintains her figure but conscientiously, her mother also tended to be heavy naturally – not easy to hide when you’re short. Liz’s passion was oat cakes made with honey while her mother was derisively referred to as Cookie behind her back because of her great appreciation for good food. Over the years that story has been changed to her loving cookies but this is an error – Brits refer to cookies as biscuits. Elizabeth’s paternal grandmother May was slender but also had an iron will about her diet because her mother Princess Adelaide was famously overweight. Edward VIII was known for his girth and his mother, Queen Consort Alexandra, was known to be strenuous about her weight because Eddie had such a roving eye. Elizabeth’s great grandmother, Queen Victoria was overweight as well as many assorted cousins, uncles, aunts etc. queen Charlotte eventually grew heavy and if you want to go way back Queen Philippa became so overweight she would stay under the coverlets and only extend her hand when Edward III would stop by her apartments to say hi. Many of the Windsor men were trim, a combination of naturally high metabolism, poor health or military discipline. Andy has grown increasingly heavy since the end of his naval career, although he was never as slim as Anne, Charles or Edward.

      • Wren33 says:

        I thought she was referred to as “Cookie” because she resembled a cook, and then there is that theory that she is actually the illegitimate daughter of her father and a cook.

      • Enough Already says:

        I have read those rumors as well and can’t say which one came first or held the most popular credence. Interesting.

      • Kali says:

        How do you know that shit?

    • Eliza says:

      I think all the men in the House of Windsor have sensible diets and stay active. They’re not gym bodies, but always seem healthy even into advanced age. I imagine Will falls into that same mold.

  2. jferber says:

    He should worry more about his hair (or the people of England).

    • Indiana Joanna says:

      LOL. Yeah and worry about working to actually earn the millions British taxpayers lavish on his spoiled little . . .

    • Beth says:

      As soon as my boyfriend started losing hair, he shaved it all off. Better than Wills Dr Phil hairdo

    • Bellagio DuPont says:

      I really rather wish he would wear a toupee to be honest. That bald head of his makes him look like he’s in his 50′s or even 60′s. He’s even starting to look like Kate’s sugar daddy.

      • Joannie says:

        Are you serious? Most look like the neighbour’s dead cat. No way! His hair is fine the way it is. He has a very handsome face. Moreso when you see him in person.

      • Bellagio DuPont says:

        Gosh, I wish I saw him the same way…..he looks incredibly haggard and constantly cross to me (admittedly not in these pictures he looks slightly younger here, thank God).

        He USED to be very good looking, in fact so much so that I believe that’s one of the main reasons Kate went after him so persistently (not for the crown or because she wanted to be queen).

        Back to his hair, it looks so sad and sparse, I’d rather he covered it with something, ANYTHING of his choice……a toupee, face cap, bandana, even a plastic bag, I don’t care, just cover it.

        PS: I normally have nothing against bald heads in general, I don’t know why but seeing HIS particular head stresses me out.

      • graymatters says:

        I don’t much care about his hair. I come from a long line of bald men, who i loved and respected very much. My sons aren’t happy with their genetic inheritance, but I don’t think they (or Will) have a lot of ego invested in their follicles.

        I like hats. I think most men would look better in a hat. And a hat would balance Will’s facial proportions. I think he looks good from the neck down, but I’ve never found his face appealing. He’s too toothy and jowly for my taste. Weirdly, I think a hat would minimize that effect.

      • Bellagio DuPont says:

        He WAS absolutely gorgeous at one point….check him out here:


      • perplexed says:

        Because he takes care of his physical self, it is quite surprising how much of his looks he lost.

        Some men lose their hair (i.e Bruce Willis), but they don’t lose their looks like that.

        No, I don’t think William is ugly or even unattractive, but I do think he looks radically different from what he looked like in his youth. It’s when you see old pictures that one can’t help but go “What happened?” What’s also strange is that he started looking kind of “frumpy” around 26.

      • naughty says:

        hahahah 😂
        I for one think he is looking super hot in that photo. I would definitely do him 😁

  3. Shambles says:

    Such normal. Very real. Much average.

    You know what average people actually worry about, Wills? Their fellow humans dying in Puerto Rico, the gun violence epidemic, the rise of far-right, jingoist sentiment around the world, nuclear holocaust at the hands of one of two fat despots… try it sometime. Welcome to the real world.

    • Kimble says:

      You know he’s not American, right?

      • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

        You know non- Americans can be empathetic to tragedies around the world (including in the USA), right? You know the far- right is raising its ugly head in Germany, France, Greece and more, right? You know the threat of nuclear annihilation effects the entire world, right?

    • D Train says:

      Take a breather.

    • Miss Jupitero says:

      Or even on a much simpler level: Normal, average people work so many effing hours trying to make enough money to keep their heads above the water, they really don’t have time to ponder what luxury gym to enroll in. How nice it must be to have acres of time for long walks on the estate, sports like skiing and polo and such (that you have to have money to even think about), personal trainers, personal trainers, and whole afternoons to focus on developing one’s obliques. And of course a vast athleisure wardrobe. So average, so ordinary, so normal.

      Sorry, I’m pulling yet another 12 hour day and will eat my lunch from a vending machine. I almost think it would be worth it to be unemployed again so that I can get back to my dance classes, pilates, and swim regularly.

    • Megan says:

      I am worried about all of those things, but I still workout four times a week. Should I stop excercising because bad sh*t is happening in thr world?

    • Olive says:

      I’m an average person and I can worry about those things while also worrying about my weight, too. It’s not one or the other.

  4. Nicole says:

    Eh royal or not this sounds typical dude.

  5. Serene Wolf says:

    Too late.

  6. Alexandria says:

    I thought I was the only one who noticed, sorry, scientifally observed his tight crotch area. WHAT ARE YOU HIDING WILLY? Wait.

  7. Radley says:

    Honey, your bod is the least of your issues.

  8. jferber says:

    You nailed it Shambles. Absolutely right.

  9. AnnaKist says:

    This layabout needs a job. I never noticed his crotch before, but yes, the royal tailor needs to attend to this matter, and Billy needs better undies for his Willy.

  10. Talie says:

    Even if I had a home gym, I would still like to get out of my house…I get it.

  11. TrixC says:

    I don’t get why he wouldn’t just have a gym installed in Kensington palace, I’m sure it will be much more expensive for him to work out in a public gym due to the additional security requirements. Not to mention the invasive photos that were taken of his mum exercising back in the day.

    • Red Snapper says:

      There is a gym in their KP apt!!! I’m sure I’ve read that Harry uses it.

      • Tata says:

        I have always wondered about rich people who have bowling alleys/movie theaters/ gyms/swimming pools in their homes. Half the fun of some of those places is just getting out of your house and getting exposed to the world. I can see why if you are extroverted you might want to go to an outside gym with different types of people/instructors/classes/music. *shrugs*

  12. Bellagio DuPont says:

    I wonder if Will minds that his brother’s overshadowing him so much these days.

    • Becks says:

      I don’t know if he minds, but he sure has been working a TON lately. I know his work always picks up in the fall/winter but I feel like these past few weeks he’s been really busy. Or else KP’s instagram account is just posting a ton of pics from a handful of events, lol.

      • bluhare says:

        He has. No shade from me for William since they’ve been back in London. He’s been getting out. He’s even been somewhat engaging with people too.

      • Becks says:

        @bluhare yes he has! I see all these pictures of him laughing or talking etc with other people. Good for him.

    • BeamMeUpScottie says:

      @Bellagio, the thought crossed my mind. And Harry has been looking particularly good of late. Must be all those bicep curls and lat pull downs.

      Will has a good body right now but he could easily morph into dad bod.
      The fitted trousers worn by him and a lot of younger men here and in a lot of European cities are quite attractive, IMO. It’s his underwear that’s the problem. He needs to change the brand he is currently wearing.

  13. Becks says:

    I’m actually surprised there’s not some sort of common gym at KP for all the residents to use.

  14. Citresse says:

    The only knuckle in William’s life should be knuckling down to work.

  15. Suze says:

    He has actually been working a lot lately (well about 3/4 time for normal humans but an exhausting schedule for a royal), so credit there.

    He and Kate are both actually in very good shape. But given their penchant for privacy I would be surprised if they didn’t already have a full gym in one of the London royal properties. I know Buck House has a pool.

    • bluhare says:

      Kate’s said she takes George over there to swim. And I’ll be shocked to hear that they don’t have a home gym somewhere in their space at KP.

  16. littlemissnaughty says:

    I don’t buy it. He’s always been active and quite fit, he’ll be fine if he keeps it up and I suspect he and his wife will manage just fine in that department. He probably knows it, too.

  17. Enough Already says:

    Dad/Mom bod is real lol. I was always the type who had to struggle to gain weight but now that I’m 43 those pasta pounds don’t magically melt away without effort. I lime the extra bit of weight but can i agine how someone less accepting about it could freak the hell out. And again, the natural chub, with a few exceptions, is strong on the Windsor side.

    • Tata says:

      It is interesting to see how different Queen Victoria looked, when plumper was the fashion, than now.

    • Enough Already says:

      It meant you were prosperous and could afford more calories than you needed to expend. Now, being overweight is a condition that society contributes to lack of self-control, laziness and poor regard for one’s health. Interesting indeed.

  18. perplexed says:

    No one in his family has really had a dad-body before the age of 60. He probably doesn’t want to be the first to break the mold.

  19. Snazzy says:

    My god that hashtag just made me laugh :)

  20. Anastasia says:

    I can almost tell what religion he is in those pics. #NoMoreMooseKnuckle

  21. Jb says:

    Crotch tailoring. Love this!

  22. kimbers says:

    this is just my opinion:

    Willie peaked at 20 and has been heading downhill since. He looks like a dad and isnt attractive at all. If he does gain weight it will just had to the unattractiveness of his male pattern baldness.

    Kate is getting crow’s feet at an early age and has terrible skin. She’s too young to look so old. her skin makes her look unhealthy.

    • Sharon Lea says:

      I think Wills looks just like his grandfather, Johnnie Spencer.

      • Joannie says:

        Agree but with a bit of the young Queen Elizabeth as well. I think he has his mother’s eyes though. He was very handsome as a younger man. Still is imo.

    • Dally says:

      Counterpoint: he looks like a dad because he is a dad, but is pretty decent-looking all things considered. And for both of them, having kids ain’t no joke, and most people look 10 years older than they looked 10 years ago, so I don’t quite get the vitriol. Not everyone can age like Helen Mirren. Kate looks pretty darn good, certainly no older than the many, many women I know who are the same age. Actually one of the things I enjoy about British actors, that they tend to look far more like actual people, and less “polished” / airbrushed than American celebs, especially as far as teeth and hair and wrinkles. I mean, why do people talk about wrinkles like it’s a character flaw?

  23. hmmm says:

    He should be worried more about his fat head.

  24. Rose says:

    I think Wills is looking for a place to get away from Kate.

  25. Scarlett says:

    Enough already, ever heard of the term ” arrested development” ?