Every family has special pet names for each other, so of course the royals are no different! Sure, they all have official titles we hear more often, but even the queen herself likes to keep things casual behind the palace walls.
Luckily, some of those informal family monikers have made their way to the public. From adorable terms of endearment to some good natured teasing, each one is sweet in their own way. Take a look to learn all the royal family nicknames!
Prince Harry made headlines recently by using one of his grandmother’s family nicknames for his newborn daughter: Lilibet. Her majesty is also affectionately known as Gan-Gan to her grandkids and great-grandkids. Prince William and Prince George also got away with calling her “Gary” when they couldn’t quite pronounce “Granny” clearly as youngsters! Her late husband, Prince Philip, had his own cute pet name for Elizabeth: “Cabbage.”
William’s kiddos have adorable nicknames for their dad: George apparently calls him “Pops” while Charlotte goes with “Papa.” His wife Kate, on the other hand, pokes some fun at the future king’s lack of follicles by nicknaming him “Prince Baldy.” William clearly has a good sense of humor about it! (Keep reading for the equally playful name he has for his wife, too.)
Princess Diana also gave William his first nickname as a toddler: Wombat. “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,” William explained. “So I just basically got called that, not because I look like a wombat… or maybe I do.”
In return for her teasing nickname for William, he reportedly calls her “Duchess of Do-Little.” Of course, considering how much charitable work Kate does for communities across the UK, this pet name is pretty ironic.
The oldest Cambridge kid once caused confusion by introducing himself as Archie. This wasn’t long before his cousin was born, so he may have been in on the name his uncle Harry had chosen and decided to have a little fun. His actual nickname used by the family and his classmates is “PG,” obviously a nod to Prince George. It’s also often extended to “PG Tips,” which is a reference to a popular type of tea in the UK.
Kate casually revealed that the family shortens the princess’s name to “Lottie” while chatting with another mom back in 2019. If that weren’t cute enough, William was also heard calling his daughter “Mignonette,” a French term of affection similar to “darling,” in a video posted on the couple’s official Instagram account.
The ginger prince has no shortage of nicknames — including Harry, which he’s gone by since birth rather than his actual name, Henry. Along with that, his wife Meghan was heard calling him “Haz” when he recently appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden. She’s also been known to shorten it even more to “H.”
Like William, Princess Diana had her own pet names for her second-born, too. Royal expert Robert Johnson revealed she secretly called him “Good King Harry,” or “GKH,” because “she thought he would be better equipped for the role in the future than William.” (Harry also hilariously offered to take over for his brother when they were kids!) Diana reportedly had another sweet name for Harry: “My Little Spencer,” referring to her family’s last name.
Harry has been heard calling his wife simply “Meg,” which is not too surprising. Her father-in-law Prince Charles picked a meaningful term of endearment for her, though: Tungsten. He found the strong metal to be a fitting tribute to Meghan’s own resiliency in the face of hardship.
Along with his dad’s ginger hair, Archie has followed his lead by already gathering up quite a few nicknames for himself. Meghan has been heard calling him “Bubba” and shortening his name to “Arch.” His dad also refers to him as “our little man.” Aww! Their daughter Lilibet already goes by a shortened version of her name, Lili. We’re sure we’ll hear about more sweet pet names for her soon enough, too!
Prince Charles and Camilla
Fans of The Crown may remember scenes where Charles and Camilla refer to each other as Fred and Gladys. Although it was dramatized for the series, it is based on real nicknames the couple gave each other when they initially began dating (before Charles met Diana) and have stuck around ever since. The monikers were inspired by characters on a popular BBC radio series The Goon Show.
Ever the doting sister, Princess Eugenie revealed her adorable nickname for Beatrice in an Instagram post celebrating her birthday back in 2019: Beabea! How cute is that? We bet the sisters have also come up with some adorable monikers for Eugenie’s infant son, August, and the bundle of joy Beatrice is expecting.