Prince William and Kate Middleton’s marriage appears to be perfect, “but it’s not all sweet,” claims the author

Prince William and Kate Middleton are careful not to make public displays of love at royal engagements – but behind the palace doors, they’re just like us.

The claim was made by royal author Tom Quinn in a new book entitled “Gilded Youth: An Intimate Story of Growing Up in the Royal Family.” It includes exclusive testimonies from palace staff with historical sources, as well as royal insiders. The aim is to examine the traditional upbringing of the British royal family and its impact over the years.

“Someone at the palace told me about the nicknames they have for each other,” Quinn told Fox News Digital. “But it’s not all cute. They have terrible fights throwing things at each other. Kate seems to be a very quiet person and so does William. But it’s not always true. Because the big stress for William and Kate is that they are constantly surrounded by [palace aides]. It’s like a Jane Austen novel.”

The cover of Tom Quinn's book Guilded Youth

Tom Quinn has written a new book entitled Gilded Youth: An Intimate History of Growing Up in the Royal Family.

A former member of the palace staff who knew the Princess of Wales claimed to Quinn that Middleton, 41, refers to William, 40, as “Babe” while calling her “Duchess of Doolittle.”

William also reportedly calls his wife “Babykins” and “DoD,” which is the shorter version of “Duchess of Doolittle.” A report claimed that “Duchess of Doolittle” was a “gentle dig” after Middleton was previously criticized by Queen Elizabeth II for not having a full-time career before the couple married in 2011.

William is reportedly upset by Middleton’s “endless mane of hair,” prompting her to jokingly call him “bald,” according to one report.


A source claimed in the book that when William is “mad” at his wife, he will call her “darling,” with “signs of anger” evident in his tone.


Prince William looks on at a smiling Kate Middleton during a royal engagement

A former palace staffer claimed the Prince and Princess of Wales have certain nicknames for each other that they only use behind the palace doors.

William previously admitted in an interview with NBC in 2007 that his mother, Princess DianaShe called him “Wombat,” a name that stuck with him into adulthood.

But no matter how quick they quarrel, the pair will also “snuggle up.”

“Kate is very calm,” Quinn explained. “William’s the one who’s a little hotheaded. We see one Example of this in Harry’s book… But Kate is very level-headed. She’s the one who pours oil on troubled waters and says, ‘Let’s not stir things up.’”

In the book, the mother of three is described as “Buddhist calm.”

Kate Middleton wears a lily dress and stands next to Prince William in a suit and tie

Tom Quinn described Kate Middleton as “Buddhist quiet”.

“Of course, in private, William and Kate, like all couples, fight with each other, arguing, yelling at each other and saying unkind things to one another, but Kate is an appeaser by instinct and William always backs down, having had more than enough emotional turmoil, divorce.” and disruption as a child,” Quinn wrote.

“He hates confrontation,” Quinn added.

The two met while studying at the University of St. Andrews. Their friendship turned romantic in 2002 and their relationship went public in 2004. They split in 2007 and got back together that same year. In 2010, William proposed and the couple married the following year.

Quinn said Middleton’s stoic demeanor was essential to her success in navigating the traditions of the British royal family.


Kate Middleton wore an ivory dress and fascinator while dating Prince William

Kate Middleton was famously nicknamed “Waity Katie” by the British press for allegedly waiting a long time for Prince William to propose.

“I remember when the press was so awful for Kate,” he explained. “They said because her mother was a stewardess, as the saying goes at the time, no one would invite the family to events where someone of importance was present. The press noted that she was of working-class descent, which is absolutely cruel. But Kate never answered. She didn’t complain. She has not written letters to the press or called the editors. She did not say anything. And that was a good move. She showed how calm she was about these things and made no fuss. And then it disappeared.”

“Kate and meghan [Markle] have the same ugly press coverage,” he continued. “But in Meghan’s case, she complained that it was unfair, unkind and terrible. That only keeps the story alive for weeks. In Kate’s case, she ignored it. She’s very smart for that. And I think when she gets into a fight with William, she does the same – she just ignores it.

According to Quinn, it’s well known within the royal family that the Prince and Princess of Wales don’t want to appear as “the perfect couple for everyone else to emulate.”

Prince William kisses Kate Middleton after a sports match at Eton

Prince William kisses Kate Middleton after playing the field game at Eton College in Eton, England March 18, 2006. William proposed to his longtime girlfriend in 2010 and they married in 2011.

“She said, ‘Like any other couple, we have days when we’re really, really mad at each other, or days when we don’t talk,'” Quinn said. “They want to be seen as a normal couple with the same burdens of kids, work and whatever else life brings.”

One thing the couple agreed on is how they plan to raise their children, Quinn pointed out. Their eldest son Prince George, 9, is second in line to the throne.

“I think they’re the first generation that you could almost say they’ve broken with the mold of this very traditional royal upbringing, where you basically pay other people to do all the work and you pay your kids see only half an hour a day. ‘ said Quinn. “They broke the mold, but not quite. I think they like the idea that they put out that they want their kids to have a more normal childhood because that resonates with the public. On the one hand, they want to represent that traditional continuity, that glorious world that the rest of us can look up to. But on the other hand, they want to be seen as ordinary people, just like the rest of us.”


Prince William and Kate Middleton smile at photographers as they take their children to school

Prince George, left, Princess Charlotte, right, and Prince Louis, center, accompanied by their parents, the Prince and Princess of Wales, on their way to school in 2022.

“They said they want their kids to have a more normal childhood and I really think they will,” Quinn shared. “But it won’t be as much as the rest of us. It will not be as we define it. They have moved to Windsor although they have kept their home at Kensington Palace. They moved to Windsor because the kids have a lot more space to play. But Eton, the prestigious school boys are more likely to attend, is only 10 minutes from Windsor. And that means her parents get to see her more often. when they are poor [King] Charles was sent to school in Scotland he hasn’t seen his parents for months.”

According to Quinn’s book, Middleton “wants to escape her middle-class childhood.” She “dislikes burgers and fries and wouldn’t dream of taking her kids to McDonald’s, and she doesn’t rock the boat when the heavy weight of traditional royal pursuits weighs on her kids.” Quinn shared that she was “moved to tears” on her first hunting trip with the royal family, “but accepts that if the royals do it, she’ll have to live with it.”

A Buckingham Palace spokesman did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment on Quinn’s book. However, a spokesperson previously told Fox News Digital that the Palace does not generally comment on “such books”. Prince William and Kate Middleton’s marriage appears to be perfect, “but it’s not all sweet,” claims the author

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