Baby, Love, Honey, Bear, Shnookums, Punky! Nothing reveals more about a family’s inner world than the use of nicknames. Now a new book examining the way children of the Royal Family are brought up reveals the cute nickname that Prince William has for his wife, Catherine the Princess of Wales.
In his new book, Gilded Youth: An Intimate History of Growing Up in the Royal Family, Tom Quinn let’s the cat out the bag on the couple’s private relationship and reveals that the Prince of Wales sometimes calls his wife “Babykins”.
According to the Mirror, however, the Princess’ nickname for the king-in-waiting is not quite as complementary, reportedly she sometimes makes fun of the Prince’s thinning hair by calling him “Baldy”.
The dashing Prince also has another nickname this one given to him by his children Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. The royal siblings call their dad “Poachy” a name inspired by British TV chef Ainsley Harriot who was shedding some light on whether or not one could cook fish in the bath.
Nicknames are typically used to demonstrate the affection friends or family members have for one another and also foster a sense of belonging. And the Royal Family is no exception with even the most senior royals sporting a pet name.
King Charles III no doubt has many nicknames but none is more surprising than the name given to him by his royal grandchildren. His royal highness is simply called Grandpa Wales by the three who clearly dote on their regal grandfather.
Princess Charlotte, daughter of Prince William and Princess Catherine, is known for her feisty nature and tomboyish ways which has also inspired a fitting nickname.
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight earlier this year, US royal commentator Katie Nicholl said, “(Charlotte) loves climbing trees and she’s very much an adventurer.”
Because of her adventurous spirit, the young Princess and third in line to the British throne is known as “the Warrior Princess” by those nearest and dearest to her.
Queen Consort, Camilla, has a nickname given to her by her own grandchildren which is also used by the Wales children. Camilla told the Daily Mail, that she is known as “GaGa”.
About the adorable pet name she says, “I don’t know if it’s because they think I am! It is funny but is still very sweet.”
The most famous royal nickname of all was Queen Elizabeth’s self given name, Lilibet. According to royal sources, as a child the Queen was unable to pronounce Elizabeth so simply called herself “Lilibet”.
Her youngest great granddaughter, born to Harry and Meghan, is called Princess Lilibet Diana of Sussex after her late grandmother and great grandmother.