All of the Sweet and Shady Nicknames the Royal Family Has for Each Other

While the royals may seem more like an institution than anything else, they are a family. So, in public, the royal family may be all pomp and circumstance but there are moments when they are affectionate with each other. Some of them even have cute nicknames for one another. Here are some of the sweetest nicknames the royal family members have for one another.

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Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge | Neil Mockford/GC Images

Some members of the royal family call Queen Elizabeth II Lilibet

Queen Elizabeth II has had a number of nicknames throughout her years, but the one that stuck was Lilibet. When she was a toddler, she couldn’t pronounce her own name and would instead call herself “Lilibet.” Her grandfather, King George V, began mocking her attempts at saying her name and was the one to make the nickname stick.

King George VI once said of his daughters, “Lilibet is my pride. Margaret is my joy.”

The nickname continued on with the late Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip commonly calling his wife the name of endearment. When he died, Elizabeth placed a note on his coffin signed Lilibet. Now, there is another Lilibet within the royal family as Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex have named their daughter Lilibet in honor of the queen.

“Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet,” a statement announcing Lilibet’s birth read. “Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honor her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales.”


Prince William is also said to have had a cute nickname for his grandmother when he was younger. According to MailOnline’s Richard Kay, once when William fell down at Buckingham Palace, he began screaming “Gary, Gary.” When a guest asked who Gary was, the queen answered, “I’m Gary. He hasn’t learned to say Granny yet.”

Prince George followed in his father’s footsteps and gave Her Majesty his own nickname. In the 2016 ITV documentary, Our Queen at Ninety, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge revealed George’s old name for the matriarch of the family.

“George is only two-and-a-half and he calls her ‘Gan-Gan,'” Kate said. “She always leaves a little gift or something in their room when we go and stay and that just shows her love for her family.”

Prince Charles has a sweet name within the royal family

When it comes to Prince Charles, he has a much more common nickname among the Cambridges and some members of the royal family. In a video welcoming leaders to the G-7 Summit, when Charles turned to greet Kate and William, Kate seemed to say, “Hello, Grandpa!” instead of addressing him by his formal title. Some viewers also think she could have said “Papa,” which is what William and Harry have called their father.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

In his recent interview with James Corden, Harry and Corden called Meghan on FaceTime. While on the phone, she revealed that she calls Harry “Haz.”

Years ago, pre-Megxit, it was also revealed that Prince Charles often called Meghan ‘Tungsten’ because of her strong personality.

“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,” a source told The Daily Mail at the time.