Meghan Markle has been given a pretty strange nickname by her new father-in-law, according to reports.
The Duchess of Sussex, 36, may be finding it hard to gel into life as a royal and Prince Charles isn’t exactly making that easier according to reports.
Even if his intentions are good…
While it may not seem complimentary, or quaint, ‘Tungsten’ is actually a positive nickname.
A palace source told the MailOnline:
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.
The word tungsten means ‘heavy stone’ in Swedish. The chemical symbol for tungsten is W which stands for wolfram. The name came from medieval German smelters who found, tin ores containing tungsten had a much lower yield. It was said the tungsten devoured the tin ‘like a wolf’.
Meghan isn’t the only royal to have been given a nickname. What’s more, she’s gone and given the Queen one. The new Duchess of Sussex and Her Majesty seem to be growing closer since Meghan married Prince Harry back in May.
They’ve attended royal engagements together, and pictures of them show they seem to be getting along nicely.
Of course, it must be difficult to adjust from the American actor life to being a member of the royal family, and nicknames are the best way to break the ice, right?
Editor of Majesty magazine, Ingrid Seward, revealed Meghan may refer to the Queen as ‘Mama’.
Of course, this nickname will only be permitted for use once Meghan is fully immersed in royal protocol, and once she knows the Queen in the same way Princess Diana did.
For now, it’s just as we imagined, and the Duchess of Sussex must address the queen as ‘Your Majesty’, as well as adding a curtsey.
Meghan may try to move the naming process to the next stage by calling the queen ‘Ma’am’ when she sees the opportunity, but ‘Mama’ will only take effect when Meghan is well and truly royalised.
As well as ‘Mama’, the Queen has a few other nicknames her nearest and dearest can call her.
Since she was little, the Queen has had the nickname ‘Lilibet’, which was originally used by her parents and younger sister Margaret.
The nickname dates back to Her Majesty’s childhood, as the Queen struggled to pronounce her own name, presumably coming out with ‘Lilibet’ instead.
The Duchess of Sussex and the Queen had a day of royal engagements in Cheshire recently, and they used a mode of transport that’s usually off limits to younger royals.
Meghan and the Queen travelled to Cheshire on the Queen’s personal train, which is usually reserved for use only by Prince Philip, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and their staff.
Classic Tungsten and Mama, that! What will they get up to next?
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