Meghan Markle has had a very public ongoing feud with the royal family since she – and Prince Harry – decided to step down as working royals in 2020.
According to reports, her relationship with King Charles could be one of the rockiest within ‘the Firm’, as the monarch’s bond with his son and daughter-in-law is believed to be near rock bottom.
However, their relationship hasn’t always been fragile, with the King initially said to have been blown away when he first met Harry’s then-girlfriend, reports the Mirror.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex got married on May 19 2018, and at the time, Charles agreed to accompany Meghan down the aisle – as her own father was unable to attend the ceremony.
Prior to their wedding, a royal insider came forward to reveal the special nickname the-then Prince of Wales had bestowed on his future daughter-in-law.
According to royal expert Katie Nicholl, who penned the book The New Royals, Charles reportedly admired Meghan’s strength of character and gave her a very fitting nickname.
Nicholl wrote: “Charles reportedly nicknamed his future daughter-in-law ‘Tungsten’ because of her toughness and resilience.”
A source told the Mail on Sunday at the time: “Prince Charles admires Meghan for her strength and the backbone she gives Harry, who needs a tungsten-type figure in his life as he can be a bit of a softy. It’s become a term of endearment.”
And whilst it may be a slightly more bizarre nickname given to one of the members of the royal family, it isn’t the strangest.
The late Queen had a range of nicknames that were used by her nearest and dearest, from ‘cabbage’ and ‘sausage’ to ‘Gan Gan’ and even ‘Lilibet’ – but there is one pet name that tops all of these.
According to the Daily Mail, while a young Prince William was playing at Buckingham Palace, he wandered off and called out for help. But instead of shouting for ‘Granny’, he called for ‘Gary’- much to the confusion of everyone present.
The column reports: “A guest who went to help asked who Gary was, assuming it must be a member of the royal household. ‘I’m Gary,’ responded the Queen. ‘He hasn’t learned to say Granny yet.'”
William was also given numerous nicknames over the years.
In 1983, at 10 months old, he joined his parents on his first royal tour to Australia. While he was there it was revealed that his mother had started calling him ‘Wombat’.
In an NBC interview in 2007, William admitted to being stuck with the name, “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.”
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