He's had a pretty good year all told: marrying his student sweetheart Kate, progressing through the ranks of the RAF, and inheriting Pippa as a sister-in-law.
And he's now had the doff of the cap from readers of askmen.com, as they've named him the most influential man of 2011.
Voters were asked to consider the main criteria of achievements, profile and status, and the top 49 reflects this, consisting mainly of the great and the good of entertainment, technology and politics.
Notable entries include omniprescent French DJ and producer David Guetta, whose sound dominated the charts in 2011, Apple visionaries Jonathan Ive and the late Steve Jobs who further cemented their reputation in 2011 with the release of the iPhone 4S and the man credited with making science cool again, Dr Brian Cox.
More surprising is the inclusion of Justin Bieber at no. 11, a man not usually given praise by other gents, and the spending cuts-friendly David Cameron, given a begrudging entry at the foot of the table.
Most surprisingly of all, none of the ShortList staff made it on. We can only assume this is an oversight that will be rectified next year...
The list in full:
7)Sir Alex Ferguson
9)Sir Alan Sugar
39)Prof Bryan Cox