We know them as the Queen, Prince William and Camilla – but behind Palace doors they are actually known as “Gary”, “Wombat” and “Gladys”.
The British Royal Family might have the power and fortune, but strip that away and they are like any other family – with nicknames aplenty.
Each royal has a nickname for one another, ranging from the norm to the downright bizarre – with “sausage” and “cabbage” among them.
Daily Star Online has been digging and has compiled a list of nicknames our royals have, and you may never look at them the same way again.
Starting from the top, the Queen of royal nicknames definitely belongs to – the Queen.
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Famously called “Lilibet” growing up by her family – as she couldn’t pronounce her name “Elizabeth” properly as a child – she has accrued several more during her reign.
Prince Philip is reported to call her – rather unflatteringly – “Cabbage” and some even claim, “Sausage”.
It is not known why Philip refers to his wife by the meat, but cabbage may stem from the French term of affection “mon petit chou” which means “my little cabbage”.
Meanwhile, as a child, Prince William was unable to say the word “Granny”, so he called her “Gary” instead.
Kate Middleton also previously told the documentary Our Queen at 90 that Prince George calls his great-grandma “Gan-Gan”.
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As for William himself, he was given the nickname “Wombat” as a child by his mum Princess Diana.
But, in a 2007 interview with NBC, he admitted the name stuck and is still being used today.
“I can’t get rid of it now,” 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.”
And when he studied at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, Wills was known as "Steve" in a bid to protect his identity as a royal.
Will's wife Kate, however, has a much more normal nickname given to her by brother-in-law Prince Harry – Cath.
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But during an appearance in 2012, the Duchess revealed that growing up, she was called “Squeak”.
As for Harry himself, he has nicknames aplenty – from the typical “Ginger” to the obscure “Spike”.
“Spike” is reported to have been Harry’s former Facebook alter ego, when he set up a social media account under a fake name.
His other nicknames, though, we will never know, his brother Wills once hinted.
When asked on NBC, Wills said: “Most of them I can’t call in front of here. You know, (they’re) a bit rude.”
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Harry’s wife Meghan Markle, however, has a lovely nickname for her husband – which is simply “H”.
Meghan’s own nickname, given to her by father-in-law Prince Charles, may not be as flattering.
The heir to the throne is reported to call her “Tungsten” due to her strength – of which she will need plenty when she and Harry officially quit the Royal Family on March 31.
But, more more flatteringly, the 38-year-old Duchess has reportedly been nicknamed “Di 2” by Palace staff, after Princess Diana.
A source once said: “I’ve heard the duchess is referred to as Di 2, because of the similarities to Harry’s mother.
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“It’s meant affectionately, and I think it’s quite true—they are rather alike.”
Finally, the last nicknames go to the future King and Queen – Prince Charles and Camilla, whose pet names for each other are certainly safe for public consumption.
It is reported they adoringly called each other Fred and Gladys.
But the story behind the big reveal of the nicknames is not so adoring.
They were actually discovered by Princess Diana just days before she and Charles were due to marry.
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She discovered a package sitting on the desk with Camilla’s name written on it, and was devastated to discover what was inside.
She found a gold bracelet engraved with he letters F and G – which was the very initials of the nicknames Charles and Camilla use for each other.
Years on, Diana and Charles would divorce and Charles and Camilla – or Fred and Gladys as we now know them – would eventually marry.
It’s safe to say that away from the glitz and glamour, the Royal Family knows nicknames and dramas just as well as any other normal family.
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