Prince William's adorable nickname for Princess Charlotte has an international twist

Prince William's adorable nickname for Princess Charlotte is super cute and shows just how precious his only daughter is to him

Princess Charlotte takes after the Queen with a particular hobby
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Prince William's nickname for Princess Charlotte is 'mignonette,' which is a French word meaning 'cute' or 'small.' The international moniker was overheard at a public engagement and couldn't be more different to the nickname his mother Princess Diana gave him!


Prince William's nickname for Princess Charlotte is a reference to how cute and itty bitty she is, as mignonette translates to 'small and delicate.' Even though the images shared for Princess Charlotte's birthday show she's getting more grown-up by the day, she'll always be Mignonette to her dad.

The Sun (opens in new tab) reported that the cute monicker was overheard during a video shared on the Kensington Royal social media accounts. The video of the happy family playing in Kate Middleton's 2019 Chelsea Flower Show garden has subtitles, but not entirely.

Fans were convinced that Prince William could be heard calling his daughter the cute name, but others weren't so sure, with the publication reporting that others believe Prince William asks Charlotte, "Have you been on here?"

It seems that outside of official duties, Royal Family nicknames are favored by the close-knit clan. Examples include Duchess Camilla’s regal nickname from Prince George, Charlotte, and Louis; and Princess Diana's adorable nickname for Prince William—Wombat! Even Kate Middleton's adorable nickname for Prince Charles was previously revealed by a lip-reader, showing it's a multi-generational affair.

Leaving titles for official engagements, they clearly leave formality at the door, but sometimes the alternative names have a more cheeky reason—like secret rendez vous. According to reports, this was the reason for Prince William's bizarre fake name, which he used when he met Kate Middleton.

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