Did Prince William Call Princess Charlotte This Nickname in Adorable Garden Video?

Earlier this week, photos of Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis playing in the garden Middleton helped design for the Chelsea Flower Show exhibit were posted on their Instagram. Fans of the royals fell in love with the candid photos taken in the beautiful garden environment and then a video was released, showing the interaction between Prince William and Middleton with the children — but some fans have been hung up on what Prince William says to Charlotte.

Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William, and Kate Middleton RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019
Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William, and Kate Middleton | Geoff Pugh – WPA Pool/Getty Images

What does Prince William say to Princess Charlotte in the garden?

The video shows the kid activity in the “Back to Nature” display, as the children are seen checking out a waterfall and rope swing, among other elements of the garden. Prince William asks George to rate the outdoor space, asking: “What would you give it out of 10?” George’s response is, of course, in typical kid fashion, “Twenty!”

In another bit of the clip, Prince William says something to Charlotte, but it’s unclear what he said. Many fans believe he called her an adorable nickname.

Did Prince William call Charlotte mignonette and what does it mean?

While it’s hard to make out what Prince William says, many fans have taken to Twitter or commented on the video post on Instagram with their theories.

Most people believe he’s calling her “mignonette,” a form of the French word mignon, which means dainty or darling, a term of endearment, according to Merriam-Webster.

Not everyone thinks he says that, however

Of course, there are differing opinions out there, with some fans believing that William is asking her about the rope swing.

One Instagram commenter noted: “I don’t think he is calling her anything. I hear the end of the question ‘Have you been on it?’ With us hearing the ‘been on it’ part.”

Others agreed, with one Twitter user guessing, “He says ‘have you been on here?’” Following that, he then asks her to give him a push.

There are other theories about the nickname as well, with some fans believing they heard him say “beetle head.”

Prince William and Middleton came under fire for breaking a rule

While it was all fun and games in the gorgeous garden, it turns out that Middleton and Prince William broke a basic rule of the flower show. Chelsea Flower Show’s rules explain that children under the age of five aren’t allowed inside, with their website noting: “We regret that we cannot allow under 5s, prams, pushchairs or babes in arms at Chelsea and over 5s pay full price.”

Prince George is 5, so he would be okay, but Charlotte is 4 and Louis is 1.

Many people took offense that the royals were above the rule, but one Twitter user pointed out that the children helped their mother with some of the garden’s details: “They also privately attended the day before the show opened. To see the work their mother had done. The children also helped collect sticks, moss, and stones from their Amner Hall Home that were placed in the design.”