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The secret nicknames royal family use for each other

The secret nicknames royal family use for each other
24 Jul
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WITH their official titles and formal names, the royal family go by many different monikers.

But behind closed doors, Britain’s most famous family have a number of surprising nicknames for each other — from the sweet to the bizarre, reports The Sun.

Take the Queen, for example. Her close family, such as Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry, are said to call her “Mama.”

Those who are fans of The Crown will know that Prince Philip likes to refer to his wife as “Lilibet”, playing on her name Elizabeth, and also is said to call her “sausage” when they are alone.

Her great-grandchildren Prince George and Princess Charlotte refer to the Queen as “Gan-Gan”, while Prince William comically called her “Gary” when he was young after struggling to correctly pronounce “Granny.”

“The Queen was on hand after William fell over at Buckingham Palace, bawling: ‘Gary, Gary’,” revealed high society gossip columnist Richard Kay in the Daily Mail.

“A guest who went to help asked who Gary was, assuming it must be a member of the royal household. ‘I’m Gary,’ explained the Queen, as she scooped him up. ‘He hasn’t learned to say Granny yet.’”

Adorable Prince George and Princess Charlotte also have a sweet nickname for Camilla — and it’s not grandma.

The Duchess of Cornwall told singer Lady Gaga at the 2016 Royal Variety Performance that her grandkids call her “Gaga”.

Prince Harry calls his dad “pa”, and is often called “darling boy” in return.

The newest member of the royal family, Meghan Markle, has already been given an inner circle nickname. Future king Prince Charles is said to call his daughter-in-law Tungsten, inspired by the tough metal known for its robustness.

According to the Mail, the nickname came from Meghan’s strength and determination — said to have impressed her new father-in-law.

It’s also been revealed that Meghan gave Prince Harry a nickname just weeks after they went for their first date. According to Gina Nelthorpe-Crowne, a friend of the former Suits star, Meghan refers to her partner affectionately as “Haz”.

Prince William may call his wife “Catherine” in interviews, but in more casual settings, he gives her sweet pet names. He’s been overheard calling Kate Middleton “darling”, “babe” and “poppet”.

Members of the high-profile family also sometimes opt for pseudonyms to avoid detection.

When Prince William studied at St Andrews, he is said to have used “Steve” to not draw attention to himself, while Prince Harry once had a Facebook page under the name of “Spike Wells”.

This story originally appeared in The Sun and has been republished here with permission.

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