Prince William is desperate to get a tattoo - but worries girlfriend Kate Middleton would think it was "chavvy". Wills, 26, told Navy pals he wanted a huge inking on his back like England star David Beckham, who has a giant angel.
But the Prince said he feared Kate, 42, would hit the roof.
Wills made the amazing admission while serving on HMS Iron Duke in the Caribbean earlier this month.
Last night one of his fellow seamen told our reporter: "Lots of the guys onboard have them. I myself have a huge tattoo of Friedrich Nietzsche on my chest. The other sailors rib me and say that I have just bought into the whole concept of the 'Übermensch' but you get that kind of banter in the navy. A mate of mine had a tattoo of Kierkegaard done in Copenhagen. It's not everyone that has the father of Existentialism poking out from the top of his boxer shorts. I thought it looked fantastic and decided to get a nineteenth century philosopher done myself. It was only after that I realised Nietzsche was the brains behind Nazi Germany."
"It was obvious William was fascinated. He asked how painful it was and wanted to know what we thought about his idea for a tattoo across his shoulders. I joked and said that he should have one of Oliver Cromwell to wind his grandmother up. He didn't laugh".
"To be honest we thought he wasn't serious - but he said he was keen to get a large tattoo like the one David Beckham has. I'm not sure what he will have done but he's a fanatical Villa fan so Martin O'Neill perhaps".
Wills would not be the first tattooed Royal. King Edward VII had a Cross of Jerusalem done in the Middle East in 1862.
Rumours that Prince Edward has a tattoo of David Tennant on his 'Superman' have not been confirmed.