British royals may not look like they have nicknames other than “Eagle 1” and King and Queen but as it turns out they are real people after all. Who would have thought?
The Sun reports that the Windsor family has a long tradition of nicknames, with a close source saying that they use these as a way of relieving tension since they’re not the best at confronting their feelings directly. Watch one episode of The Crown and you’ll see what they mean. “They can also be a rather childlike family. They love to play games and they give each other silly presents. I think it’s because they have to be so earnest in their public lives,” says a source.
Insiders claim that Kate Middleton calls Prince William “baldy” (she’s not the only one) while he calls her “Duchess of Doolittle.” Other nicknames for the Prince include”Willy the Wombat,” which originated when he was little and was created by his mother, Princess Dianne. The late Princess used to be called “Duch” by her close relatives, with her using this nickname to sign her Christmas cards.
Prince Harry is the royal who has the most nicknames, including “Ginger,” “Potter,” and “Flash,” which references the fictional character of Harry Flashman. Prince Harry’s friends appear to be very literate.
Other curious nicknames for royal family members include “Tugsten” for Meghan Markle, and “Lilibet” for Queen Elizabeth.