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The Royal Family are the last people you’d imagine having tattoos, but Prince William reportedly came pretty close.
According to a sailor from HMS Iron Duke – on which the Prince undertook an attachment with the Royal Navy in the Caribbean – William wanted to get a big tattoo like David Beckham’s on his back, but Kate Middleton was having none of it.
Ex-England player David has a huge guardian angel on his back, while Hollywood star Ben Affleck later followed suit with a gigantic tat of a phoenix sprawling from shoulder to hip.
The source told The Sun: “Lots of the guys on board sport tattoos [and] it was obvious William was fascinated.
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“He asked how painful it was and wanted to know what they thought of his idea for a tattoo across his shoulders.
“We didn’t think he was serious – but he said he was keen to get a large tattoo like the one David Beckham has.”
Body ink has a surprisingly big history in the royal family, with Kings sporting tattoos as acts of symbolism and good will for centuries.
But these days, an inked future monarch might be frowned upon – especially by wife Kate.
The source added: “He said the only thing stopping him was his girlfriend.”
While William avoided ink on his skin, other royals have been a little braver with their body art.
While pregnant with Prince Louis in 2018, Kate received a sweet flower henna tattoo on her hand, created with temporary ink fades within a month.
Meanwhile, Zara Tindall surprised royal fans by getting a tongue piercing.
The daughter of Princess Anne wore a metal stud throughout her late teens, but it’s not known if she still has the piercing.
And Lady Amelia Windsor, who is 43rd in line to the throne, boasts a number of sweet tattoos.
The fashion model, 26, has a tiger on her back and a small abstract motif on her left hand side.
Prince Philip had a surprising fascination with tattoos, too.
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Back in 2017 the late Duke of Edinburgh paid a visit to the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards at Lille Barracks in Hampshire.
Apparently he was anxious to see the variety of tattoos on show, with a source stating: “He was asking them where they had got them done and what the story was behind them.”
The art lover was clearly hooked, but he never marked his own skin.
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