Royal fans know Prince Harry and Prince William‘s late mother, Princess Diana, had lots of nicknames including Lady Di, the People’s Princess, and the Princess of Hearts. But, according to royal fan David Butler, those closest to Diana called her something else entirely.
The Daily Mail recently uncovered a photo Butler shared via his private @DavidIs6 Twitter account of an old Christmas card signed by Diana and her husband, Prince Charles, that revealed Diana’s unique family moniker.
“Very unusual to see Diana use her nickname on a Christmas card!” Butler captioned the image of the note which included the text, “Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and New Year and lots of love from the four of us, Duch and Charles.”
Lucky for us, Diana’s former chef Darren McGrady explained to Hello! how the royal was given such an informal nickname. “I remember Sandringham one Christmas. She came into the kitchen with Sarah Ferguson and Fergie called her ‘Duch.’ I was surprised because I knew she was a Princess and asked her why she had called her that,” he said, adding that “when [Diana] was younger she always acted like a Duchess.”
Since Diana signed the card as “Duch,” McGrady believed that the late Princess wrote the card for a close family member. In the book Diana, Princess of Wales, author Beatrice Gormley also interestingly revealed that Diana hated the nickname “Di” and wanted to be called “Dutch” because it suited her better.
“Diana was usually friendly and good-natured, but not when she was called Di. ‘Say that again,’ she told her schoolmates, ‘and you die. I am Duchess. Duch,'” Gormley wrote. “Dutch” was also a great nickname for Princess Diana because she loved the spotlight even as a young girl, Gormley explained.
“Diana took part of a Dutch doll in the school play. She was too shy to speak in front of an audience, but the Dutch doll wasn’t supposed to say anything,” she wrote in her 2005 book. “When it was her turn, Diana moved around the stage with stiff movements just like a doll and everyone clapped for her.”
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