Mike Tindall has revealed he now calls Prince William “five martinis Willy” after joking that his wife’s cousin is “not the best drinker”.
The former rugby player, 45, told Meter that Prince William has recently improved his alcohol tolerance.
Last year, Zara Tindall’s husband said the royal was known as ‘One Pint Willy’ during an appearance on Rob Burrow’s podcast.
Mike said: ‘To be fair to him, the pint name Willy was out of date several years ago and we’ve given him a bit of training.
‘Now you can drink more than a pint. ‘Now we call him Willy five martinis. I think he’s interested in letting it be known that he can drink more than a pint.
Prince William is known as ‘pint Willy’ to Mike Tindall because he is not a big drinker, Mike Tindall previously revealed.
Catherine, Princess of Wales and Prince William, Prince of Wales, enjoy a glass of Guinness in March 2023
Last month, Price William revealed that Mike Tindall had apologized to him for revealing the funny nickname on the podcast.
William was speaking to rugby legend Rob Burrow, 41, before an official ceremony to present the athlete and motor neurone disease campaigner with his CBE at Headingly Stadium.
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He continued, “Mike has some secrets that he told me that the kids thought were really funny.”
William, smiling and shaking his head knowingly, replied, “I think those might be some of the nicknames.” Were you the one who gave him the nicknames?
The Prince told Rob: ‘He apologized to me for that. I was like, “Mike, when you say you’re not going to mention anyone’s nicknames, that doesn’t mean you can mention my nickname. That’s not fair.”
In December 2023, the former England rugby star admitted that he and his wife Zara call each other ‘munchkin’, while she has her husband saved on her phone as a nickname ending in ‘kitty’.
The Tindalls made the revelations in a special podcast with rugby league legend Rob Burrow, who is battling motor neurone disease.
Zara, Mike, Rugby League hero Rob Burrow and wife Lindsey appear in unique podcast
William, Prince of Wales, and Catherine, Princess of Wales, burst into laughter as they attend the recording of a special episode of The Good, The Bad and The Rugby podcast, in the Green Drawing Room at Windsor Castle alongside Mike and his mother-in-law, princess anne
When Burrow asks if he has any nicknames for any of the royals, Mike says, “For the Prince of Wales, he’s known as One Pint Willy.”
“I know him as One Pint Willy because he’s not the best drinker as he comes from a social-based sport and has a couple of beers quite often. I’ll give this one to the Prince of Wales.
Zara can be heard laughing before saying: ‘Oh my god. You’re in a lot of trouble.’
Burrow also asked the couple if they had any nicknames for each other.
Mike says: ‘We basically call each other munchkins a lot. I don’t know why that started, but it’s stuck.
‘I’ll let Zara decide if she wants to reveal what I have on her phone as…’
Mike also admits that he dreams of his two-year-old son, Lucas, becoming a professional golfer and that he wanted to give him the middle name ‘Mulligan’.
“The two-year-old is where I’m setting my dreams,” says the 2003 Rugby World Cup winner.
“In fact, he wanted his middle name to be Mulligan because if he became a professional golfer, he would drop the Lucas and become Mulligan Tindall.
Mike Tindall was expansive on the podcast, much to his wife Zara’s dismay!
Zara took part alongside Mike and commented that she was “in a lot of trouble” after making the “one pint Willy” comment.
The Tindalls made the revelations in a special podcast with rugby league legend Rob Burrow, who is battling motor neurone disease, seen here with his family in BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2022.
Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall smile as they look at their phones during the second day of Wimbledon last year.
Zara and Mike, pictured at Ascot last year, save pet names on their phones
Mike and Prince William look ready to fight at Ascot, 2019
Zara replies, ‘It’s on my phone like something else and ends in kitten.’
‘I thought that would be the best golf name of all time. Plus, Mulligan means descendant of a bald man, so he was perfect!’
Burrow tells the Tindalls that he always wanted to deliver the alternative Christmas Message, which airs on Channel 4 at the same time as the King’s Christmas Message on the BBC.
Zara says: ‘I definitely think you could do the other Christmas speech. You would definitely rock it and be a great inspiration to many people.
‘I’m sure (King Charles) would let you do your thing. I hope to see you sometime. I think you just record it anyway and send it!’
- Seven: Rob Burrow, The Total Sport Podcast is available on BBC Sounds