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Prince William and Princess Kate's nicknames, given to them by Mike Tindall, could be seen as enormously unkind - especially his monicker for the Prince of Wales. However, it appears that they give as good as they get and it's all in good fun!
- Prince William and Princess Kate's nicknames from Mike Tindall are 'Baldy' and 'Engine'.
- Though the Prince's name is fairly self-explanatory, the Princess' one is actually a bit of a compliment from the ex pro rugby star.
- In other royal news, Prince William’s ‘dreadful’ Christmas habit Princess Diana thought he’d 'picked up' from her.
Despite their fairly unique upbringing and lifestyle, it appears the Queen's grandchildren are inclined to affectionately tease each other - just like most regular families.
Royal biographer Phil Dampier told Fabulous (opens in new tab) that even the future King isn't immune to a bit of light ribbing from his family. "Prince William and Mike Tindall take the mickey out of each other," said the royal biographer. "Mike called William 'baldy' once and I seem to remember Mike might be known as 'Shrek' - for obvious reasons..."
These nicknames may sound like insults hurled during an argument but luckily, according to Phil, "It's all good fun, there's a lot of rugby, bloke-style banter between the two of them."
Mike's 'bloke-style banter' isn't reserved for the male family members as he also has a name reserved for the Princess of Wales - but this one is more of admiration.
After the Princess revealed she was 'thrilled' to become Patron of the Rugby Football League and the Rugby Football Union, the fitness fanatic got involved with the action. Many were surprised as Kate Middleton unveiled rugby talent that would be the envy of many an amateur player and even impressed former rugby pro Mike.
Speaking on his podcast, The Good, The Bad, And The Rugby, Mike discussed the video in question. During the conversation, Mike admitted he'd messaged rugby player friend Ellis Genge, who was there on the day, to get the inside scoop on what really happened.
"I text Ellis and said ‘mate, please tell me anything she messed up on’ so I could sort of, family WhatsApp group, get into her. And he said ‘No she was actually pretty good, and she was really good at kicking.’”
The former pro added, "But she has this competitive nature where she has to be good at things.”
It's this competitive nature that led to the former England rugby captain dubbing her 'Engine' during an appearance on House of Rugby back in 2021. After being asked who would be on his rugby 'dream team' he said he'd have the Queen as captain and his cousins Princes William and Harry, and the Princess of Wales too.
"I've got the Duchess of Cambridge on one wing because she loves running," he explained. "She can run all day. Engine!"
Although Prince William and Princess Kate's nicknames were shared in the past, most recently Mike's appearance as the first royal ever on a reality TV show brought out loads of tidbits about life behind the scenes of the Royal Family.
Aoife is Junior News Editor at woman&home.
She's an Irish journalist and writer with a background in creative writing, comedy, and TV production.
Formerly Aoife was a contributing writer at Bustle and her words can be found in the Metro, Huffpost, Delicious, Imperica, EVOKE and her poetry features in the Queer Life, Queer Love anthology.
Outside of work you might bump into her at a garden center, charity shop, yoga studio, lifting heavy weights, or (most likely) supping/eating some sort of delicious drink/meal.
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