Prince William's unusual nickname for Princess Charlotte revealed

Princess Charlotte of Cambridge attends the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England
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Prince William has an unusual but very sweet nickname for his daughter Princess Charlotte - and it’s different to Kate Middleton’s.

  • In a video clip from the Royal Chelsea Flower Show in 2019, Prince William can be seen calling Princess Charlotte a particularly sweet nickname.
  • His French-inspired choice is very different from his wife Kate Middleton’s more traditional shortening of their daughter’s name. 
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Prince William has an adorable nickname for his daughter Princess Charlotte that’s very far removed from the more traditional name her mother Kate Middleton (opens in new tab) calls her. Charlotte was born in May 2015 and is currently fourth in the royal line of succession (opens in new tab) behind her grandfather Prince Charles, father William, and older brother Prince George (opens in new tab)

She is often referred to as “cheeky” and her matching mother-daughter outfits (opens in new tab) with Kate delight royal fans. Whilst some have even noticed a startling resemblance (opens in new tab) between Charlotte and one of her royal relatives. 

The princess and her brothers are generally shielded from the spotlight, though they do accompany their parents to important royal occasions. Two years ago, the Cambridge family attended the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, where Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge had helped to design a stunning garden.

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It was here that Prince William called out to Charlotte with a sweet French nickname. Whilst playing on a swing, William asked his daughter to give him a push, referring to her as ‘Mignonette’. 

In English, Mignonette translates roughly as ‘little sweet’, with mignon meaning ‘sweet’ and ‘ette’ adding a cute element to it. 

This adorable nickname is very different to the more traditional shortening of Charlotte that her mother Kate is believed to use. 

As reported by The Mirror, during an official trip to Northern Ireland in 2019, Kate met a fellow mum called Laura-Ann and her son. According to the publication, Laura-Ann later posted about the meeting on Instagram, claiming Kate had called her daughter ‘Lottie’. 

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She reportedly disclosed: ”She asked how old Bertie is, and I said he is four and she said, 'Oh, he's the same age as Lottie.' She calls her Lottie!"

The Cambridges are believed to have spent the UK’s recent lockdown at their Norfolk home, Anmer Hall. 

The family have since returned to London, where Charlotte and George attend Thomas’s Battersea school. 

Emma Shacklock
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