Royal nicknames revealed – from One Pint Willy to Squeak

As Mike Tindall  reveals Prince William’s been dubbed ‘One Pint Willy’, the other affectionate nicknames the royals use behind closed doors

  • When Kate began dating Prince William, she reportedly dubbed him ‘Big Willy’ 
  • Duchess of Sussex dubbed ‘Tungsten’ by Prince Charles for her toughness 
  • READ MORE:  What Kate and William REALLY eat at home

Mike Tindall has cheekily revealed he calls Prince William ‘One Pint Willy’ because ‘he is not the best of drinkers’ and it’s not the only affectionate nickname circulating in the Royal Family. 

If the rumours are true some bizarre and rather unexpected nicknames include the late Queen Elizabeth being called ‘Gary’ and Prince George dubbed ‘P.G Tips’. 

Another more flattering moniker for the Prince of Wales is ‘Big Willy’, which was apparently Kate’s name for her husband when they were in the first flush of romance in the early 2000s. 

Meanwhile, Prince Harry’s memoir Spare revealed how he used to call his brother Willy, when the pair were on speaking terms, while his sibling dubbed him Harold. 

Here, Femail reveals some of the other nicknames favoured by the Windsors behind closed doors.  

Prince William  

Prince William has been dubbed ‘One Pint Willy’ by Mike Tindall, who is married to his cousin Zara 

Nicknames started for the Prince of Wales at the age of two, as he recalls his mother, Princess Diana, calling him ‘wombat’ on a family trip to Australia. 

In 2007, he told NBC’s Matt Lauer: ‘When we went to Australia with our parents, and the wombat, that’s the local animal. So, I just basically got called that. Not because I look like a wombat, or maybe I do.’ 

According to royal sources, when William and Kate were in the first flushes of romance back in 2001, the future King, 36, was nicknamed ‘Big Willy’ by his wife-to-be. 

But as their relationship has progressed to marriage, their nicknames for each other have gotten even more hilarious. 

Kate’s pet name for her husband appears to now be ‘Prince Baldy’ – referring to his thinning crown.

In Harry’s book, Spare, it was revealed that the brothers called each other ‘Willy’ and ‘Harold’.

Harry’s nickname for William cropped up in the book just before the pair had a ‘fight’ and William went to get a glass of water in the kitchen. Harry said: ‘Willy, I can’t speak to you when you’re like this.’

Mike Tindall has also revealed he calls Prince William ‘One Pint Willy’ because ‘he is not the best of drinkers’.

The ex-England rugby star and his wife Zara made the revelations in a special podcast with rugby league legend Rob Burrow, who is battling motor neurone disease.

Asked by Burrow if he has any nicknames for any of the royals, Mike says: ‘For the Prince of Wales, he is known as One Pint Willy. 

‘He is known to me as One Pint Willy because he is not the best of drinkers, coming from a sport where it is built on the social aspect and a couple of beers being sunk quite often. That is one I will give away for the Prince of Wales.’

Zara can be heard laughing before saying: ‘Oh my god. You are in so much trouble.’

Kate, Princess of Wales 

The Princess of Wales also revealed that she nicknamed ‘squeak’ when she visited her old school, St Andrew’s School in Berkshire. 

She said: ‘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.’

Kate herself has revealed her own childhood nickname, which was Squeak 

Queen Elizabeth  

The late 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.

Prince George had a very sweet term of endearment for his great-grandmother – he referred to her as ‘Gan-Gan’ when he struggled to pronounce the word grandma.    

One of the most well-known names that people close to the Queen called her was Lilibet

Prince Philip had one of the most adorable nicknames for the late Queen. He used to regularly call her ‘cabbage’, which was confirmed by the Queen’s biographer Robert Lacey. 

The name was used in a 2006 film called ‘The Queen’, where a scene showed Prince Philip getting into bed and saying ‘Move over, cabbage.’ 

But one of the most well-known names that people close to the Queen called her was Lilibet, which came about when the Queen could not pronounce her own name as a child.

The name then caught on, with even her late husband The Duke of Edinburgh calling her Lilibet, with the The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also naming their daughter Lilibet. 

Prince George and Princess Charlotte

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. 

In 2019, 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.

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’. Kate revealed in 2019 that she calls her only daughter, Princess Charlotte, Lottie

The then-five-year-old started talking to the woman while stroking her dog after playing with his younger sister, Charlotte, in a stream.

Kate revealed in 2019 that she calls her only daughter, Princess Charlotte, Lottie. This was revealed when the Princess of Wales struck up a conversation with blogger Laura-Ann and she did not refer to her daughter as ‘Charlotte’ in the conversation, but Lottie.

King Charles and Queen Camilla 

Every couple has pet names for each other and the King and Queen Consort are no different.

Fans of the Crown may remember scenes where Charles used to call Camilla ‘Gladys’ and Camilla called Charles ‘Fred’. 

Its is thought these pet names were inspired from ‘The Goon Show’ on BBC radio and apparently predated Charles’s relationship with Diana as the pair used them when they dated in their early twenties. 

Fans of the Crown may remember scenes where Charles used to call Camilla ‘Gladys’ and Camilla called Charles ‘Fred’

The names Fred and Gladys are thought to be inspired from ‘The Goon Show’ on BBC radio

Just before her wedding to Charles, Diana found a gold bracelet on Michael Colborne’s desk (Charles’s private secretary) which had ‘G’ and ‘F’ engraved on it, thought to stand for ‘Gladys’ and ‘Fred’. 

But there is some dispute about this as journalist Jonathan Dimbleby who wrote Prince of Wales: A Biography and also conducted the interview where Charles admitted to cheating on Diana said that the initials on the infamous bracelet stood for ‘Girl Friday’.

This was another nickname that Charles had for Camilla based on the film ‘His Girl Friday’, which is about a man who tries to win back his ex-wife when he finds out that she is due to marry another man. 

Harry and Meghan – Duke and Duchess of Sussex

Meghan Markle has been reportedly called ‘Tungsten’ by her father-in-law, King Charles, in reference to the strong metal. He apparently given the Duchess of Sussex the name based on her ‘toughness’.

Meghan revealed on her blog, The Tig, that her mother has called her ‘Flower’ ever since she was a child.

Prince Harry was dubbed ‘Flash’ in his wilder days, thought to be a reference to fictional army lothario Harry Flashman.

Meghan Markle has been reportedly called ‘Tungsten’ by her father-in-law, King Charles, in reference to the strong metal

Prince Harry had his own Facebook account using the pseudonym ‘Spike Wells’, where he had more than 400 friends

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. 

As mentioned before, Prince William called his brother ‘Harold’ during a fight the pair had that Harry wrote about in his book, Spare. 

In the book, William is quoted saying ‘I didn’t attack you, Harold’ when confronted by Harry. 

Other nicknames for Prince Harry include ‘Baz, Spike, Bazzarooni’. 

The woman who took Harry’s virginity Sasha Walpole, came forward and said that the Prince gifted her a Miss Piggy funfair toy and a birthday card signed ‘Baz’ – which is what some of his friends called him in his younger days.  

The Mirror reports that Prince Harry had his own Facebook account using the pseudonym ‘Spike Wells’, where he had more than 400 friends.

It is said that this nickname came from those closest to him due to his spiky hairstyle. 

Zara Tindall 

Zara Tindall has revealed that she and her husband Mike call each other ‘Munchkins’ a lot 

During their podcast interview with Rob Burrow, he also quizzed the Tindalls on whether they have any pet names for each other.

Mike says: ‘We basically call each other “Munchkins” a lot. I don’t know why that started but it has stuck.

‘I will let Zara decide whether she wants to give away what I am down in her phone as…’

Zara replies: ‘He is in my phone as something else and it ends with kitten.’

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