Every family has them: affectionate, often comical pet names – and the Windsors are no exception if the rumours are true.
From the Queen herself to the royal family’s bit-part players including Kate’s sister Pippa Middleton, no-one is apparently safe from a fun-poking moniker.
And hilariously, William, 36, and Kate’s names have evolved as their relationship enters its second decade.
According to royal sources, when the pair were in the first flushes of romance back in 2001, the Duke of Cambridge, 37, was named ‘Big Willy’ by his wife-to-be.
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What japes! Prince William was apparently nicknamed ‘Big Willy’ by his wife-to-be when they first started dating. Now, 18 years after they first met, his pet name has evolved to ‘Prince Baldy’
Meet ‘DoD’: Kate doesn’t get away lightly either, apparently the pet name offered to her by Prince William is the ‘Duchess of Do-little’
Tungsten and Flash! Meghan, due to give birth in spring, is said to have been called Tungsten by Prince Charles because of her mental toughness. Meanwhile Harry has seen a variety of nicknames thrown at him over the years including ‘Flash’, thought to be a reference to fictional army lothario Harry Flashman
Fast-forward 18 years and now Kate’s pet name for her husband appears to be ‘Prince Baldy’ referring to his thinning crown.
William’s riposte? Apparently Kate is called ‘DoD’, the ‘Duchess of Do-little’, a little unfair considering the amount of charity work the royal regularly undertakes.
While the couple already have nicknames for Prince George too; when she was pregnant Kate referred to him as ‘our little grape’ while the five-year-old is now occasionally known as PG Tips or just ‘Tips’ after the brand of tea.
Elsewhere? The Queen, 92, has perhaps the most unlikely name; with Prince William calling her ‘Gary’ when he couldn’t pronounce grandma as a youngster. The hard-to-believe nickname has apparently stuck.
THE ROYAL FAMILY’S PET NAMES
THE QUEEN: Gary
PRINCE WILLIAM: Big Willy, Prince Baldy
DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE: ‘DoD’, the Duchess of Do-little’
PRINCE CHARLES: Fred
PRINCE HARRY: Flash, Gromit, Potter
THE DUCHESS OF SUSSEX: Tungsten
PRINCE GEORGE: PG Tips
PIPPA MIDDLETON: Squeak
Not your average Gary: The Queen was called ‘Gary’ by Prince William when he was a tot and couldn’t pronounce grandma – and the name has stuck
A new generation of pet names: Prince George is called PG by his parents, apparently, which has evolved into PG Tips, after the tea, and is sometimes shortened to just ‘Tips’
Meanwhile, royal new-comer Meghan, 37, has been reportedly called ‘Tungsten’ by her father-in-law. Prince Charles has apparently given the Duchess of Sussex the name based on her ‘toughness’.
And Prince Harry? Nicknames have followed the 34-year-old was dubbed ‘Flash’ in his wilder days, thought to be a reference to fictional army lothario Harry Flashman.
Other, more endearing names for Harry include ‘Potter’, after J K Rowling’s boy wizard and ‘Gromit’, referring to Nick Park’s animated canine creation.
Right said Fred: Camilla is rumoured to call the Prince of Wales by the rather pedestrian first name of Fred
Kate’s sister Pippa Middleton was known as ‘squeak’ at school, after Pippa became Pipsqueak which eventually arrived at squeak (Pippa Middleton pictured with chef Michel Roux)
Earlier this week, Prince George took control of his own nickname, telling a passer-by his name was ‘Archie’.
The young prince was walking with his grandmother, Carole Middleton, near her home in Berkshire, when he struck up a conversation with a stranger.
The five-year-old started talking to the woman while stroking her dog after playing with his younger sister, Charlotte, in a stream.
The woman was told not to take pictures of the royal children by a police protection officer.
She made small talk with the prince, who is third in line to the throne, when he told her his name was actually Archie.