Prince William's motorcycling hobby "frightened the life out of" Queen Elizabeth

  • Prince William used to have a favorite hobby that the Queen didn't totally approve of.
  • Will loves motorcycles and says he's had a "passion for motorbikes" since he was "very small." The royal said that part of the appeal of the hobby was the anonymity that came with riding around with his face obscured by his helmet.
  • Apparently, however, Queen Elizabeth was never a fan of Will's hobby. A royal photographer revealed that Will's habit of riding a motorbike "frightened the life out of" his grandmother.

The Queen has a lot of say over what the other members of the royal family can do with their lives-including, in some cases, who they can marry. Even the Queen can't control everything though, and apparently that includes royal hobbies. Prince William, in particular, used to have a favorite hobby that Queen Elizabeth was decidedly not a fan of.

That hobby? Riding motorcycles. According to Express, Will has gushed about his love for bikes, saying:

"I don't know what it is about bikes, but I've always had a passion for motorbikes ever since I was very small. I used to do a lot of go-karting when I was younger and then after that I went on to quadbikes and eventually motorbikes.

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ISLE OF MAN - JUNE 6: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge tries out a motorbike at the Isle of Man TT on June 6, 2018, Isle of Man, United Kingdom. (Photo by Peter Byrne - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
ISLE OF MAN - JUNE 6: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge tries out a motorbike at the Isle of Man TT on June 6, 2018, Isle of Man, United Kingdom. (Photo by Peter Byrne - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
ISLE OF MAN - JUNE 6: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge tries out a motorbike at the Isle of Man TT on June 6, 2018, Isle of Man, United Kingdom. (Photo by Peter Byrne - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, looks at a display of Royal Enfield motorcycles during a 'Welcome to the UK' reception on the opening day of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London on April 16, 2018. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
ISLE OF MAN - JUNE 6: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge is shown a bike by motorcyclist Michael Rutter at the Isle of Man TT on June 6, 2018, Isle of Man, United Kingdom. (Photo by Peter Byrne - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, test rides a 1200 cc motorcycle during a visit to Triumph Motorcycles in Hinckley in central England on February 20, 2018. During the visit the Duke toured the Triumph factory and walked the assembly line, meeting with technicians and apprentices, and officially opened the Triumph Motorcycles Factory Visitor Experience, which showcases a collection of Triumphs historic and modern achievements in motorcycle design, engineering, and racing. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Ian Vogler (Photo credit should read IAN VOGLER/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, meets with technicians and apprentices on the assembly line at the factory during a visit to the Triumph Motorcycles in Hinckley in central England on February 20, 2018. During the visit the Duke toured the Triumph factory and walked the assembly line, meeting with technicians and apprentices, and officially opened the Triumph Motorcycles Factory Visitor Experience, which showcases a collection of Triumphs historic and modern achievements in motorcycle design, engineering, and racing. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Ian Vogler (Photo credit should read IAN VOGLER/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, looks at a display of Royal Enfield motorcycles during a 'Welcome to the UK' reception on the opening day of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London on April 16, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Ben STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
HINCKLEY, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 20: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge rides a motorbike as he visits the Triumph Motorcycles and MIRA Technology Park for a day that celebrates world-class British vehicular manufacture, research and development on February 20, 2018 in Hinckley, England. (Photo by Ian Vogler - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
HINCKLEY, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 20: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visits the Triumph Motorcycles and MIRA Technology Park for a day that celebrates world-class British vehicular manufacture, research and development on February 20, 2018 in Hinckley, England. (Photo by Ian Vogler - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The Duke of Cambridge gets on a Triumph motorbike during his visit to Motorcycle Live at the NEC, Birmingham. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Duke of Cambridge gets on a Triumph motorbike during his visit to Motorcycle Live at the NEC, Birmingham. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday November 30, 2013. See PA story ROYAL Cambridge. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, sits on a motorbike during his visit to the Motorcycle Live at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham on November 30, 2013. AFP PHOTO/POOL/ARTHUR EDWARDS (Photo credit should read ARTHUR EDWARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 30: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge receives a mini motorcycle as a gift for his son Prince George, during a visit to Motorcycle Live at the National Exhibition Centre, where he toured the stands and watched a live motorcycle display on November 30, 2013 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Arthur Edwards - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 30: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge looks at a new Triumph motorbike during a visit Motorcycle Live at NEC Arena on November 30, 2013 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Prince William Leaves Coworth Park Polo On His Black Ducati1198S, Coworth Park, London. (Photo by Antony Jones/UK Press via Getty Images)
Prince William Leaves Coworth Park Polo On His Black Ducati1198S, Coworth Park, London. (Photo by Antony Jones/UK Press via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William (R) and Prince Harry (L) stand beside motorcycles on October 17, 2008 as they prepare to start the Enduro Africa 08 charity motorcycle ride next October 18 in Port Edward, some 150 km south-west of Durban, South Africa. The almost entirely off-road motorcycle ride is intended to raise money for UNICEF, the Nelson Mandela Childrens Fund and Sentebale, founded in 2006 by Prince Harry and Lesotho's Prince Seeiso, for projects in South Africa and Lesotho. AFP PHOTO / EPA PHOTO / JON HRUSA / POOL PLEASE NOTE - PICTURES STRICTLY EMBARGOED UNTIL 05H00 18 OCTOBER 2008. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / JON HRUSA (Photo credit should read JON HRUSA/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William (R) and Prince Harry (L) stand beside motorcycles on October 17, 2008 as they prepare to start the Enduro Africa 08 charity motorcycle ride next October 18 in Port Edward, some 150 km south-west of Durban, South Africa. The almost entirely off-road motorcycle ride is intended to raise money for UNICEF, the Nelson Mandela Childrens Fund and Sentebale, founded in 2006 by Prince Harry and Lesotho's Prince Seeiso, for projects in South Africa and Lesotho. AFP PHOTO / EPA PHOTO / JON HRUSA / POOL PLEASE NOTE - PICTURES STRICTLY EMBARGOED UNTIL 05H00 18 OCTOBER 2008. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / JON HRUSA (Photo credit should read JON HRUSA/AFP/Getty Images)
SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 17: (NO PUBLICATION IN UK MEDIA FOR 28 DAYS) Prince William (R) and Prince Harry prepare to take part in Enduro Africa 08 Charity Motorcycle Ride from Durban to Port Elizabeth in aid of UNICEF, the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund and Sentebale, on October 17, 2008 in South Africa. (Photo by POOL/Tim Graham Picture Library/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 30: Prince William, wearing a police cap sits on a police motorbike during a visit to s police station on November 30, 1987 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
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He continued:

It does help being anonymous with my motorcycle helmet on because it does enable me to relax. But I just enjoy everything about motorbikes and the camaraderie that comes with it."

According to royal photographer James Whitaker, however, Queen Elizabeth didn't like Will's favorite hobby.

"I think it frightens the life out of people at Buckingham Palace and almost certainly, the Queen too. It is a strange thing," he said. "His mother was constantly fleeing from the paparazzi, who were on motorbikes. Now her son is using a motorbike for the same sort of reasons."

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