Weird Royal Nicknames You've Probably Never Heard Of Before

Cabbage? Squeak? Wombat?

If the walls of Buckingham Palace could talk we reckon they'd have some pretty amazing stories to tell, none the least about the personal nicknames the royal clan call one another.

Luckily for us key members of the monarchy have let some secret pet names slip over the years, and several of them are unusual to say the least.

Who can blame the Brits, really, for coming up with cute and quirky abbreviations of their full names and titles? Prince William's official moniker is, for example, something like His Royal Highness Prince William Arthur Philip Louis, Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn, and Baron Carrickfergus.

Princes William and Harry arrive at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 for Will's wedding to Kate Middleton. Image: Getty.

It's a bit of a mouthful, and no doubt tricky to remember. The public have been affectionately calling the second in line to the throne 'Will' since he was a boy, but it's his other lesser-known childhood nickname that will raise eyebrows.

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Wombat. As in the Aussie marsupial. Prince William revealed that his late mum, Princess Diana, was the one who gave him the cheeky nickname when he was just a toddler while on a trip Down Under.

It looks like it's stuck around, too. “I can’t get rid of it now,” he told NBC in 2007.

“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.”

The Queen and Meghan Markle on a day trip to Chester on June 14, 2018. Image: Getty.

Wombat ... er, we mean, William went on to spill that his younger brother, the mischievous Prince Harry, had a host of pet names, ranging from the obvious (Harry, which is short for his full name, Henry) to the playful (Ginger), and the plain bizarre (Spike). Others still, Will said to NCB, were a bit too rude to repeat.

While those less-than-proper titles may remain private to the two brothers -- and for good reason! -- we do know what their dad, Prince Charles, and his second wife Camilla call one another. Fred and Gladys have been their alter-egos for many years, even before Charles married his first wife, Diana. Eeek.

Will's wife, Kate Middleton, is reportedly called Cath by her brother-in-law Harry, while as a young girl she answered to Squeak, the same name as her pet guinea pig. Squeak the animal had a sister, Pip, just like Kate has a sister, Pippa. Cute, hey?

Speaking of cute, there's the newest royal, Meghan Markle's sweet nickname for her husband Prince Harry. The actor-turned-Duchess is said to have referred to her British beau as 'H' during their courtship to keep their romance under wraps.

The Duchess of Cambridge with kids Prince George and Princess Charlotte on June 10, 2018.

Meghan herself has a pet name within the royal family, although it sounds rather strange at first. Prince Charles, her new father-in-law, reportedly gave her the nickname Tungsten, a durable metal that he thinks perfectly represents Meghan's strength and resilience.

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The Queen, however, lays claim to the best nickname, in our opinion at least. It's widely known that she was referred to as Lilibet, an abbreviated form of her full name Elizabeth, when she was a young princess.

These days it's understood that Her Majesty is affectionately called Cabbage by her husband of over 70 years, Prince Philip. The grandmother to eight was called Gary by an infant Prince William, who struggled with the word Granny.

One of the Queen's ever-growing brood of great-grandchildren, Prince George, 5, also prefers to call her Gan-Gan, as revealed by his mum Kate in the 2016 documentary Our Queen at 90. Long live Gan-Gan, indeed!

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