Quite the secret moniker! Prince George was recently out for a walk with his grandmother, Carole Middleton, when he apparently crossed paths with a dog walker and told her what he secretly calls himself.
The dog walker, who chose not to be named, told The Sun that she spotted Prince William‘s son, 5, out on a stroll with Kate Middleton‘s mother, 63. “I was asked by a police minder not to take a photo of the children, which I didn’t, but George started stroking my dog,” the woman revealed. “Just to be friendly, I engaged in a bit of small talk and I asked George what his name was, even though obviously I knew it.”
The Prince of Cambridge, who had been playing with his younger sister, Princess Charlotte, in a stream near his family’s home in Berkshire, England before walking up to the stranger, revealed his nickname to the woman. “To my astonishment, he said, ‘I’m called Archie’ with a big smile on his face,” she said, adding, “I don’t know why he calls himself Archie but kids often play with their names and I think it’s lovely.”
And yet it seems like Kate’s firstborn isn’t the only person in the royal family who has a nickname. According to Hello! magazine, Queen Elizabeth used to call herself Tillabet when she was a little girl. And George’s dad, 36, is known as “Wombat,” as his late mom, Princess Diana, gave him that nickname. “It kind of stuck with me. I can’t get rid of it now,” the Duke of Cambridge once told NBC News in 2007. “It began when I was 2. I’ve been rightfully told because I can’t remember back that far. But 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 we can’t leave Prince Harry out, as he’s apparently been dubbed “Spike” by his friends. Well, they may be royal, but that does not exclude them from having some odd nicknames.
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