Prince William reveals the Queen scolded him so sternly that it's 'stuck' in his mind 'from that moment on'

Prince William said the Queen scolded him when his carelessness nearly led to his cousin being seriously injured in an accident

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Prince William reveals the Queen scolded him when his rough housing almost led to a terrible accident, which could have seriously injured his cousin.


We've heard tales of her sternness, from a humorous angle - like when the Queen 'slapped' Royal Family member 'across the face'. These days, however, news reports focusing on Her Majesty's hardnosed attitude are few and far between. 

Recently, Vogue (opens in new tab) declared the Queen most influential women worthy, in their famed annual list. It seems that her influence also rings true in her own family, as her beloved grandson found out the hard way.

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The Metro (opens in new tab) reports that speaking to Sky News in 2016, the Prince described a moment from his younger days when he was playing on the grounds of Balmoral Castle with his cousins Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips. 

He explained, "We were chasing Zara around who was on a go-cart, and Peter and I managed to herd Zara into a lamppost. And the lamppost came down and nearly squashed her."

It wasn't long before the cavalry arrived, in the shape of Her Majesty. "I remember my grandmother being the first person out at Balmoral," he said, "running across the lawn in her kilt."

Prince William added, "she came charging over and gave us the most almighty b********g, and that sort of stuck in my mind from that moment on."

Choosing to see this moment as pivotal, in his realization that his grandmother is a strong and capable person, he added that he's never forgotten since - especially when he needed a strong female influence in his life.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince George of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis of Cambridge on the balcony

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"She's been a very strong female influence and having lost my mother at a young age," said William, "it's been particularly important to me that I've had somebody like the Queen to look up to and who's been there and who has understood some of the more, um, complex issues when you lose a loved one."

Adding his gratitude he said, "she's been incredibly supportive and I've really appreciated her guidance."

Aoife Hanna
Aoife Hanna

Aoife is Junior News Editor at woman&home.

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