No, Prince William & Kate are not calling each other ‘Baldy’ and ‘Dolittle’

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The Daily Mail did the absolute dumbest story and I absolutely love it. They’ve taken a few pieces of old gossip and added a deliciously dumb patina of bullsh–t on top of it. The DM story is about royal nicknames within the Windsor family. As in, the nicknames the royals have amongst themselves. It’s an old story that Prince Charles and Camilla call each other Fred and Gladys – those names are actually a remnant of bygone days, when he was married to Diana and carrying on his affair with Camilla. We’ve also heard before that Charles calls Duchess Meghan “Tungsten” because she’s so strong, or something. But the DM wants us to also believe that William and Kate have mean pet names for each other: Prince Baldy and Duchess of Dolittle? LMAO. No.

Every family has them: affectionate, often comical pet names – and the Windsors are no exception if the rumours are true. From the Queen herself to the royal family’s bit-part players including Kate’s sister Pippa Middleton, no-one is apparently safe from a fun-poking moniker. And hilariously, William and Kate’s names have evolved with their relationship.

According to royal sources, when the pair were in the first flushes of romance back in 2001, the Duke of Cambridge, 36, was named ‘Big Willy’ by his wife-to-be, 37. Fast-forward 18 years and now Kate’s pet name for her husband appears to be ‘Prince Baldy’ referring to his thinning crown. William’s riposte? Apparently Kate is called ‘DoD’, the ‘Duchess of Dolittle’, a little unfair considering the amount of charity work the royal regularly undertakes.

THE QUEEN: Gary, ‘Gan-Gan’
PRINCE WILLIAM: Big Willy, Prince Baldy
DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE: ‘DoD’, the Duchess of Do-little’
PRINCE HARRY: Flash, Gromit, Potter

[From The Daily Mail]

First of all… men are sensitive about their baldness, and William is EXTRA sensitive. Calling him “Baldy” would not be received well. As for William calling Kate any variation of Dolittle… um, no. He’s not doing that. Now, that might be Kate’s nickname in *some* royal circles though. But William’s not calling her that.

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  1. Seán says:

    Is William sensitive about his baldness though? He has the money for a hair transplant if it really bothers him that much.

    • LadyLaw says:

      He has nothing to transplant though….

    • Galang says:

      I don’t think he is, much. Maybe ten years ago but not by now.

      Women who mock men for balding deserve to have their appearance ripped to shreds, IMO. And it tends to be the least attractive women who do it, too.

      • Murphy says:

        Yeah, choosing to keep the rest of it short shows that he’s accepted it at this point. Which I respect, accepting and working with it instead of against it looks a lot better.
        He’s a confident guy, he knows he’ll be the boss some day so who cares if he’s bald.

    • minx says:

      I think that ship has sailed.

    • Jen says:

      It’s kind of hard to imagine any bald man in his 30s laughing about nicknamed “Baldy.”

      • Ashley Garcia says:

        I make fun of my boufriend’s balding. He just turned 25. He in turns calls me fat. He’s English and I’m American. Maybe that’s why. But that’s also our love language. My mother and brother always called me fata**. Despite the fact that I have never been fat. I eat a lot so they always say I’m going to get fat and hence calling me fat. Different strokes for different folks. They probably do chide each other like that. The Brits can be unspeakably harsh.

  2. Becks1 says:

    LMAO that William calls her do-little. Right.

    The only thing I can think of is that the DM is publishing this as a way of criticizing Kate (“even her husband calls her Do-Little!”) but they have been on such a pro- Kate tear lately that I cant believe that.

  3. Digital Unicorn says:

    I laughed at this article, it seemed as if the author took it straight from these boards. LOL

    It could be that they call her Duchess DoLittle as in reference to the uber posh accent she was pushing up until recently, she’s using her normal speaking voice now instead of trying to sound posher than TQ. The lazy reference was the DM getting a passive aggressive dig. As for his baldness, it runs is his family and while some men are sensitive about it not all are. Not sure if he is TBH, if he was he’d be styling his hair to hide it and he isn’t.

    All the other nicknames are well known but the way the article focused more on the Cambridge ‘nicknames’ was a clear dig at them.

    • Ohio Girl says:

      Digital unicorn….seriously she is using her regular speaking voice? Interesting!

      I have heard Pippa speak and her accent is much different.

  4. RBC says:

    Big Willy?

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      That one is true, it came out in the News of the World phone hacking scandal – he used to call her Babykins.

      • Babadook says:


      • spidee!!! says:

        Anything that came out of the disgusting NoW hacking scandal should be confined to the dustbin of hell. How many people would ever want their phone calls to their intimate friends to be broadcast to the world?

  5. aquarius64 says:

    I think this story is the answer for the anti Meghan stories. The Fail wants to prove they do take a swing at Kate too.

    • Royalwatcher says:

      Ugh, I hope not because writing articles about how Meghan is causing wars and drought is really not the same as calling Kate Duchess Do Little. This whole hellotokindness campaign feels too much like alllivesmatter IMO. Not here for that.

      Anyway though if the article is from the DM I’m gonna go ahead and say it’s not true…just like every other piece of garbage they write.

  6. Monicack says:

    His nickname for her was Babykins. But he can’t stand her though.

    • Sash says:

      Sarcasm? Babykins is a cute nickname, surprised it came from Will but I suppose that is what makes it so cute!

  7. aaa says:

    I like the nickname Gary and the story behind it, although this is the first that I’ve heard that the nickname has lasted past William’s toddlerhood and that other grandchildren/relatives call the Queen Gary.

  8. Beth says:

    Lots of guys look better completely bald rather than with thin hair and bald spots. I call my sexy, shaved head bf by his name, or a different non insulting nickname, not “baldy.” I really doubt they call each other “Dolittle” and “Baldy.”

    • GreenBunny says:

      Agree. My husband shaves his entire head and he’s hot. And Vin Diesel, LL Cool J, Jason Statham, and Dwayne Johnson all do it for me because of the no hair.

    • minx says:

      Agree, I’d rather they shaved the whole head.

  9. Zabar says:

    I doubt DoD and Baldy are real. Some of the nicknames are super cute- Gan Gan, Squeak! I am always fascinated by the nicknames people call each other. I have a friend who calls her husband “snufflemuffin” and it cracks me up every time I hear it. I have about a dozen nicknames for my husband: babe, sweetie, hunnybunny, hokis, lovebug, etc. We probably only use our first names and occasionally “babe” when in public though.

  10. minx says:

    Yeah, not buying this at all.

  11. Carolind says:

    A couple of weeks ago I wrote a comment on the Royal Family website correcting the spelling of a place Prince Andrew had visited. “They” didn’t have the spelling right in their piece. My comment has just been “liked” – by the Duke of York.

    I am now imagining the RF, including Kate, poring over everything written about them, including here.

  12. pearlime says:

    LOL what a non story. Did CB lend their writing staff to the DM for this article?