The new season of The Crown lets us see, at least in fiction, what Princess Diana’s relationship with her children was like.
In these first episodes, we can see how they focus on the last weeks of Princess Diana’s life, her relationship with Dodi Al Fayed, and the special moments she shared with her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry.
In several episodes, when Diana, played by Elizabeth Debicki, is with Prince William, she refers to him as “Wombat,” but where does this curious nickname come from?
Where does Prince William’s nickname come from?
The origin of this nickname dates back to when Prince William was two years old.
Diana decided to call him that because of the color of his hair, and although Prince William was not very happy with the nickname, Diana used it in an affectionate way and with an ironic touch.
The nickname is said to have originated during a visit the royal family made to Australia, where the wombats, funny little marsupials that inhabit the Australian plains, caught Diana’s attention.
For Diana, the nickname “wombat” had a special meaning. It represented the unique and loving relationship she shared with her son.
The nickname also showed Diana’s playful and fun-loving side, revealing her free spirit and desire to break away from the formalities of royalty.
Although Prince William was not particularly fond of the nickname, he revealed in a 2007 interview on NBC that his family still calls him by it.
Despite his initial dislike, the nickname became a reminder of the special moments he shared with his mother and the unique bond they had.