There is no shortage of books — authorized and unauthorized — profiling the royal family. One of the latest books to hit the market notes that King Charles III has a secret nickname for his daughter-in-law, Meghan Markle.
The new book, “The New Royals,” was authored by Katie Nicholl. ET Online recently published an excerpt, which made mention of the nickname.
Nicholl wrote: “When Markle joined the royal family, it was clear to Charles that she would be able to handle whatever was thrown at her.”
Reportedly admiring the qualities of “toughness and resilience” he saw in Markle, the then-Prince Charles nicknamed his daughter-in-law “Tungsten.”
According to the New York Post, the term of endearment, Tungsten, “refers to the rare chemical element known to be strong and durable.”
Live Science notes that tungsten is one of the “toughest things” in nature.
Nicholl suggests that Charles made the observation about Markle before she and Prince Harry were married.
Though many disagree, Nicholl writes that “at [Markle’s] first joint appearance with Harry, Prince William, and Princess Kate at the Royal Foundation Forum in February 2018, Meghan was the breakout star of the foursome.”
Nicholl continued: “She was polished, passionate and funny, using all her TV-honed skills to present her case. That was a wake-up moment for William and Kate when they realized that Meghan was very impressive, very confident and very capable, according to a source.”
At this time, the relationship between Harry, Megan and the rest of the royal family is strained — aggravated by Harry and Megan’s move to America and relinquishing royal family responsibilities in 2020, a dirty-laundry airing interview with Oprah in 2021 and reports of an upcoming tell-all book.
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