What the royal family call each other behind the palace doors

Olivia Morris
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

If you’re a member of the British royal family you’re given many prestigious titles.

Take Prince William for example, he’s Prince William but he’s also William Arthur Philip Louis, the Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn, Baron Carrickfergus and Royal Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter.

And if you’re feeling informal, the prince also goes by Wills.

The Queen also has a pretty hefty title which she doesn’t tend go by in day-to-day life.

If you’re a member of the British royal family you’re given many prestigious titles, but just like us normal folk the royals will have nicknames. Source: Getty

If she went by Queen Elizabeth II, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of her other realms and territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith everyday she’d definitely be running behind schedule on the regular.

The Queen couldn’t possibly go by her formal title every day. Source: Getty

But, of course, the royals aren’t always out and about in public and just like us normal folk, they have nicknames behind the palace doors.

Those close to the Queen like Prince Charles and sons William and Harry call her ‘Mama’, the Express claims.

Her Majesty’s great-grandchildren, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, reportedly call her ‘Gan Gan’.

But the most interestingly of all, the 93-year-old apparently goes by ‘Gary’ on occasion.

When he was younger, Prince William apparently referred to the Queen as ‘Gary’. Source: Getty

Why? Well, apparently William wasn’t able to pronounce ‘Granny’ when he was younger and instead called the Queen ‘Gary’, according to The Mirror.

Prince Philip also has some cheeky nicknames for the Queen too reportedly calling her ‘sausage’ from time to time.

Can you imagine Prince Philip calling the Queen ‘sausage’? Source: Getty

As many will know and as seen in the hit series The Crown, the monarch has gone by ‘Lilibet’ since she was young and is what the Duke of Edinburgh refers to her in their private time together.

However, those who don’t have any formal nicknames as of yet are Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle.

Although the Duchess of Cambridge does apparently go by ‘babe’ on occasion.

Wills reportedly calls Kate ‘babe’ sometimes. Source: Getty

Of course, it is her husband Prince William who has been heard calling her that, ‘darling’ is also another pet name he calls her.

But it’s the newest member of the royal family, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex who has been given a nickname by her father-in-law Prince Charles.

Despite being the newest member of the royal family, Meghan has already received a nickname from her father-in-law Prince Charles. Source: Getty

The heir to throne calls Meghan ‘Tungsten,’ according to The Mirror.

Whilst it may sound like a rather bizarre choice in nickname, it’s reportedly mean to represent the new royal being “tough and unbending” which is what the chemical element tungsten is described as.

During his university days in St Andrews, Prince William went by a name similar to what he used to call the Queen.

Enter Steve.

While he was enrolled at St. Andrews University as William Wales, he asked friends to refer to him as ‘Steve’ in an attempt to keep a low profile. Source: Getty

Wills asked his university friends to refer to him as ‘Steve’ in an attempt to keep a low profile, Hello! reported earlier this year.

Who knows, maybe Kate still calls him Steve just for the fun of it.

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