Prince William changed his name and led a totally normal life while at university

The word Windsor or Wales or York echoes royalty, and this is exactly what Prince William didn't want when he attended university.

The second-in-line to the throne, who opted to study at St. Andrew's University in Scotland, decided he was going to spend his university years like everyone else.

And his first order of business included changing his name altogether, even though there was a media blackout in place. 

William perhaps didn't want to take a risk as the British press knew he was going up north for his university education. There was a good chance that a stray piece of news could reach a reporter's ear and hence, William changed his name to something more common.

Prince William plays in a soccer game at his school, Eton College, in this photo, one of a series officially released by St. James Palace on June 16, 2000 to mark the Prince's eighteenth birthday on June 21, 2000. (Photo by Ian Jones/St. James Palace/via Getty Images)

He called himself Steve and according to reports, his friends were encouraged to refer to him by his alias. We're sure plenty of people on campus spoke of a certain Steve. In fact, his wife, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge no doubt spoke about Steve several times to her friends but the press didn't catch wind of their relationship until much later. 

Wiliam enrolled in a four-year art history course in Scotland's historic seaside town where he met Kate. The two fell in love and shared a four-bedroom house with two other girls in their second year at university. According to BBC, all four of them moved out of the house and rented a cottage outside of town a year later. 

Princes William and Harry and Prince Charles appear with The Queen Mother during celebrations to mark her 101st birthday August 4, 2001 in London. (Photo by Sion Touhig/Getty Images)

The 35-year-old royal graduated from university in 2005 with a 2:1 degree in geography, a subject he switched to in his second year at university. William's graduation was attended by his dad, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Queen. William said at the time, "Today is a very special day for me and I am delighted that I can share it with my family, and in particular with my grandmother, who has made such an effort to come, having been under the weather." 

 Kate Middleton leaves Younger Hall after her graduation ceremony, June 23, 2005 in St Andrews, Scotland. Caption

"I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who has made my time here so enjoyable. I have been able to lead as 'normal' a student life as I could have hoped for and I'm very grateful to everyone, particularly the locals, who have helped make this happen," William told journalists, who were allowed to report his graduation ceremony. 

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