Royal family’s sweet nicknames for each other – from Squeak to Wombat

They may be royals and stick to strict traditions, but the Queen and co are just like everybody else when it comes to adopting nicknames for family members.

Over the years, the monarch and her relatives have let slip what they call one another – and although it's unknown how some of the nicknames came about, most of them are very sweet.

Of course, the general public know the Royal Family by their official titles but behind closed doors it is a completely different story.

From Squeak and Wombat to Tillabet and Bubba, we take a look at the famous family's cute nicknames for one another…

The Queen

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II may be turning 95-years-old this year, but it seems those close to her still use an affectionate nickname for her.

As a child, the Queen referred to herself as "Tillabet" but as she grew older she became known as "Lilibet" among her family and close friends.

But her husband, Prince Philip, calls her something else entirely – which came to light after the 2006 film The Queen was released.

In a bedtime scene at Balmoral, Philip says to Her Majesty, played by Dame Helen Mirren, "Move over, Cabbage."

Prince William

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Prince William, 38, is second in the line of succession to the British throne but it seems even he is laid-back when it comes to what he's called.

The father-of-three apparently likes to be called "Will" which his wife Kate Middleton let slip during a visit to Blackpool in 2020.

It resulted in one woman explaining how she accidentally called the Duke "Will".

"I called Will 'Will'," Hello! reported. "I was like, 'ahhhh sorry' and he said, 'Don't worry, that's my name'," the woman recalled.

Prince William's full name is William Arthur Philip Louis but while studying at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, the future King was known as "Steve" to keep a low profile and avoid any unwanted attention.

His later mother, Princess Diana, affectionately called him "Wombat" and in a 2007 interview he said: "It began when I was two. I've been rightfully told because I can't remember back that far.

"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 Harry

When Canadian journalist Lisa LaFlamme met Prince Harry at Kensington Palace, it was revealed that Harry's friends call him "Potter".

She wrote ahead of the interview that aired: "The title that caught my eye was the same one the Prince's communications director promptly put away – a picture book about Harry Potter.

"To his friends, 'Potter' is the Prince's nickname but apparently not something Palace PR would want to distract from our interview."

However, Prince Harry's wife Meghan Markle calls him something completely different.

While being interviewed for their documentary last year, Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, Meghan shared the sign of endearment for her husband, in the form of the personal nickname she gives him.

While speaking to interviewer Tom Bradby, Meghan began, "I've said for a long time to H…".

At that point she paused, looking coy, before adding between giggles: "That's what I call him."

Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton was nicknamed "Squeak" as a young girl when she attended St Andrew's School in Berkshire.

The 39-year-old explained how the name came about while on a visit to the school years later, saying: "I was nicknamed Squeak just like my guinea pig.

"There was one called Pip and one called Squeak because my sister was called Pippa and I was Squeak."

However, Prince William and Kate have much sweeter names for one another.

During a day out at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2016, the couple were overheard referring to each other as "darling" and "babe".

While inspecting a poppy display, William asked his wife, "Could you make one of these, darling?"

Prince George

In early 2019, one woman claimed that Prince George told her his name was Archie.

The local dogwalker in Berkshire came across the royal children and their grandmother Carole Middleton while they were playing by a stream near the Middleton family home.

"I was asked by a police minder not to take a photo of the children, which I didn't, but George started stroking my dog. Just to be friendly I engaged in a bit of small talk and I asked George what his name was, even though obviously I knew it," she explained to The Sun.

The woman continued: "To my astonishment he said, 'I'm called Archie' with a big smile on his face. I don't know why he calls himself Archie but kids often play with their names and I think it's lovely."

However, it's also been reported that at school Prince George's nickname is PG.

Princess Charlotte

During a visit to Windsor Park stadium, Kate got chatting to mummy blogger Laura-Ann, who revealed that the Duchess referred to her daughter as "Lottie" instead of " Charlotte " during their conversation.

Speaking to Laura-Ann's toddler son, George, Kate said: "Hello, what's your name? Hi George, what a cool name you've got, and you look very smart in your bow tie. It's very nice to meet you."

Referring to their meeting on Instagram Stories, Laura wrote: "So then she asked how old Bertie is, and I said he is four and she said, 'Oh he's the same age as Lottie' – Charlotte, she calls her Lottie!"

However, it's also been said that Prince William was once heard calling his only daughter "Mignonette", which could be derived from the French word mignon, meaning small and delicate.

Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle

It was confirmed that Prince Harry's nickname for his wife is in fact "Meg."

The moniker was revealed in text messages from the Prince to the Duchess' father, Thomas Markle, which were disclosed in court documents in Meghan's privacy case against Associated Newspapers.

But it was also reported by the Daily Mail that Prince Charles started calling the Duchess of Sussex "Tungsten", after he likened her tough and unbending personality to the strong metal.

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor

In an adorable video to celebrate Archie's first birthday in May 2020, Meghan can be heard calling her little boy "Arch".

But in a different video, Prince Harry spoke about his toddler and said: "Our little man is our number one priority but then our work after that is the second priority and we’re just doing everything we can to do our part to make the world a better place."

The couple have also referred to their cute son as "bubba", and before his birth they called him "Baby Sussex" as they didn't know his gender.

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