From an Australian animal to a rather surprising vegetable, here are the royal nicknames you never knew existed – until the family let them slip in public…
Prince George to Prince William
On an official engagement in Leicester recently, Prince George’s mum Kate chatted to the assembled crowds, and one of them later told reporters: ‘Kate said that William was playing football with the children last night and one of them said, I think it was George, “Are you playing football tomorrow, Pops?”’ Pops! Our hearts just melted.
Prince George to Queen Elizabeth II
When he was two, little George had quite a hard time pronouncing the typical names he might use for his great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II – so he came up with a rather novel (and adorable) solution. During an interview for the Queen’s 90th birthday documentary, made by ITV, Kate revealed that her little boy calls Her Majesty ‘Gan-Gan’. Bless!
Prince William to Queen Elizabeth II
George isn’t the only one to have come up with an alternative name for the Queen. Daily Mail royal correspondent Richard Kay once reported that when a young Prince William fell over in the grounds of Buckingham Palace, he started calling for ‘Gary’. A guest who went to help asked who Gary was, to which the Queen herself is said to have responded: ‘I’m Gary. He hasn’t learned to say Granny yet.’
Kate to Prince William
Kate’s nickname for her husband is apparently one that millions of people across the country use for their other halves: ‘babe’. When the pair were at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2016, William asked Kate about a plant they were looking at and she responded: ‘Babe, we’ve got those. We’ve got loads of those.’
Prince William to Kate
Although he calls her Catherine in interviews, William also uses a similarly popular term of endearment for his wife, if his words on the steps of the Lindo Wing in 2013 are anything to go by. When introducing their first born to the world, the prince helped Kate back up the steps, calling her ‘poppet’ as he did so. He’s also been overheard calling her ‘darling’ in the past.
Meghan to Prince Harry
The Duchess of Sussex let slip the pet name she uses for Prince Harry while the pair were posing with the cast of the musical Hamilton after a special gala performance. Meghan thought she might be in the way of her husband when a group photograph was being taken, and so asked him: ‘Can you see, my love?’ Cute the entire stage cooing over their sweet exchange.
Doria Ragland to Meghan
Before Meghan closed down her Instagram account ahead of her nuptials to Prince Harry, she was known for sharing pictures of flowers, and revealed in one touching post that it was all down to her mum Doria. ‘My mum has always called me “Flower”,’ the actress wrote to her followers at the time. ‘Nickname since I was a little girl.’
Princess Diana to Prince William
It’s a quirky one, but the story behind it is super sweet – the late Princess of Wales used to refer to her eldest son as ‘Wombat’. ‘It began when I was two. I’ve been rightfully told because I can’t remember back that far,’ William explained during a 2007 interview with In a 2007 interview with Matt Lauer for NBC. ‘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.’
Prince Philip to Queen Elizabeth
We’ve saved what is possibly the best until last. Those who have seen Dame Helen Mirren’s biopic The Queen will remember a scene where the couple were in bed at Balmoral, and Philip asked Elizabeth to ‘Move over, Cabbage.’ Royal biographer Robert Lacey later told The Sunday Times: ‘Yes, I’ve heard that is how he will sometimes refer to her.’ Turns our art really does imitate life.