There are no shortage of ways to refer to the woman born Catherine Middleton, and the options range from the ultra-regal (that’s the Baroness of Carrickfergus to you, serf), to the wildly insulting (anyone recall the dark days of “Waity Katie”?). But there’s one nickname for the DoC that we never thought we’d hear…especially not from the mouth of a future king of England.

Turns out, when William wants to talk about his lovely wife in her absence, he reverts to the same (frankly tired, borderline patronising) moniker that generations of beleaguered husbands before him have used: “The missus”. 

Will debuted this tender nickname at an event today when asked when little George will be going to his first football match. “I don’t know. I’ll have to pass that by the missus,” Kate’s other half told the inquirer. 

Better than “the old ball and chain”, we suppose? 

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