The Royal Family's Private Nicknames for Each Other Are Adorably Embarrassing
The British royal family can sometimes come off as a bit stuffy. With their perfectly curated outfits, prim and proper etiquette, and lengthy list of royal rules, it can be difficult to remember that underneath it all they are simply humans just like the rest of us.
But a few weeks ago, the world learned that Prince Charles had an adorable pet name for his new daughter-in-law, Meghan Markle. Charles reportedly calls her “tungsten,” a rare type of metal, because she is “strong and unbending.”
"Prince Charles admires Meghan for her strength and the backbone she gives Harry, who needs a tungsten-type figure in his life as he can be a bit of a softy," a source told the Daily Mail. "It's become a term of endearment.”
And now, we’re learning that this family is filled with adorable pet names that make them seem much more down to earth.
Prince William: Wombat
According to William himself, his mother Diana lovingly referred to him as “wombat” as a kid.
“It began when I was two. I've been rightfully told because I can't remember back that far,” William shared in a Today show interview in 2007. “But when we went to Australia with our parents, and the wombat, you know, that's the local animal. So I just basically got called that. Not because I look like a wombat, or maybe I do."
Kate Middleton: Poppet
In 2013, when Prince George was born, Middleton and Prince William not only shared their son with the world for the first time on the steps of the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital, but they also shared Middleton’s nickname.
As William ushered his wife outside for a photo opp, he called her “poppet,” a name he reportedly has called her for years in front of everyone.
Prince Harry: Haz
Prince Harry has had a number of nicknames over the years, including “Spike” after he reportedly signed up for a Facebook account using the pseudonym “Spike Wells.” But now, according to Meghan’s close friend and agent Gina Nelthorpe-Cowne, she started calling Harry “Haz” after they began dating and the name stuck.
In 2016, during a Royal Variety Performance, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, told performer Lady Gaga that her nickname is “Gaga” too. That moniker was reportedly given to her by Prince George and Princess Charlotte to set her apart from their maternal grandmother, Carol Middleton, and paternal grandmother, whom they allegedly refer to as “Granny Diana.”
Queen Elizabeth: Gan-Gan, Lilibet, Gary
Queen Elizabeth may have the best nicknames of all in the royal family. According to reports, the Queen has long been known as “Lilibet” by her childhood friends and her husband, Prince Philip. But, to her grandchildren, she is known as “Gary.” Yes, Gary. When Prince William was a young child, he couldn’t quite pronounce the word grandma, and instead called the Queen “Gary.”
Richard Kay, a high society gossip reporter for the Daily Mail, shared the story of how Prince William once fell down inside Kensington Palace as a kid and called out for his "Gary." When a member of the household staff asked who that was, the Queen reportedly surfaced and responded, "I’m Gary."