Prince William Once Terrified Beatrice and Eugenie With a Nasty Easter Prank

Prince William got an early start on family pranks. When he was just a small child, William reportedly pulled a frightening trick on Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie during Easter celebrations at Windsor Castle. While the cousins have a great relationship now, it is safe to say that the prank left a lasting impression on Prince Andrew’s daughters.

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Prince William with Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice | Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images

A look at how the royals celebrate Easter

During an ordinary year, members of the royal family gather at Windsor Castle to celebrate Easter. After attending a service at St. George’s Chapel, the royals — including Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, and Prince William — host a large Easter egg hunt before enjoying a lavish lunch.

According to Mirror, Darren McGrady, who used to work as a chef for the royals, revealed that Queen Elizabeth always requested a roast lamb for the holiday complete with a side of seasonal veggies.

“The Queen likes her meat well done so she’d always have the first two slices. They’d also have a compound salad served in a kidney dish attached to the plate – just some lettuce and cucumber with a little mint or some grated carrot and coriander,” McGrady shared.

This year, of course, is much different. Families around the world are currently dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, which has prevented people from gathering for Easter festivities. The royals are no exception.

Although members of the royal family did not spend Easter at Windsor Castle this year, McGrady recalled a time when a young William played a frightening prank on Beatrice and Eugenie.

Prince William pulled this Easter prank

McGrady revealed that William pranked his cousins when they were all small children. At the time, McGrady made a special Hickory Dickory Dock chocolate egg for Beatrice and Eugenie during Easter.

The former royal chef sent up the egg to the nursery, which included a sugar-coated mouse as part of the nursery rhyme themed plate. But when the egg reached the nursery, William jumped on a chair and bit the mouse’s head clean off.

“We sent it up to the nursery on the silver tray, but 15 minutes later the Footman brought it back,” he explained. “He said, ‘Nanny asked me to return this. Prince William has just stood on a chair and bitten the mouse’s head off, frightening Beatrice and Eugenie.’”

Luckily, McGrady quickly whipped up another mouse and sent the plate back to the nursery. The nanny then ensured that the dish was well out of William’s reach so that he couldn’t pull off the prank a second time.

McGrady did not say what year the prank went down. William is six years older than Princess Beatrice, so he would have been quite a bit bigger than her and Princess Eugenie at the time of the prank.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge celebrate Easter online

William, of course, is well beyond his pranking years and now has children of his own with Kate Middleton. With the world dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge celebrated Easter at their country estate, Anmer Hall.

Taking to Instagram, Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, shared a rare photo of Kensington Palace and wished everything a happy holiday.

“Wishing you all a very Happy Easter,” the captioned the pic.

Other members of the royal family joined in on the Easter posts. This includes Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, and Princess Eugenie.

The royals are currently practicing social distancing and have canceled most of their upcoming engagements. While everyone is doing their part amid the current crisis, William has stepped up in a major way.

Prince William steps up amid pandemic

Over the past few weeks, William has been working hard behind-the-scenes to help those in need. This includes promoting mental health initiatives and praising the National Health Service for their work on the front lines of the pandemic.

Kate, of course, has been working alongside William while the pair homeschools their children at Anmer Hall.

Prior to the lockdown, the couple visited an NHS facility in London and later shared photos of their visit on social media. They also posted a few pics of their work inside their apartment at Kensington Palace, offering fans a rare glimpse of their office.

More recently, the couple took part in a video conference where they chatted with children and staff members from a local childcare facility.

Prince William has not commented on the reports surrounding his prank on Beatrice and Eugenie. William and Kate will likely remain at Anmer Hall until the crisis is under control.