members Royal family They do not differ from the public in that they have nicknames.
While some of these nicknames remain private, others have been made public which is their go-to.
These name changes were made when a king ascended the throne and chose one of the middle names to use. This could have been the case for King Charles III, but he decided to stick with his first name. He could have chosen to be referred to as George, Philip, or Arthur.
Here’s a look at a few royals who don’t go by their first names.
Prince Harry The actual name, according to his birth certificate, is Henry, and his full name is Henry Charles Albert David.
When Harry was first born, it was announced that his name was Henry and that he would only be called Harry by members of his family and those in his inner circle. Over time, however, he began to be referred to as Harry more and more, and once Kensington Palace began referring to him by that name, the press felt free to do so as well.
Once the media started referring to him as Harry, the name stopped and Henry became a thing of the past.
During a conversation with WellChild award winners earlier this week, Harry met a little boy named Henry and told him, “My name is Henry too, but everyone calls me Harry. I have no idea why.”
The use of Harry as Henry’s pseudonym has been popular since medieval England, after the French name became popular in the country. One of the most famous Henrys in the past, King Henry VIII has gone by Harry’s side around his friends and family.
Queen Victoria was originally named Alexandrina after her godfather, who was called Tsar Alexander I. When she took the throne, Victoria was not a very popular name, and those in her inner circle thought it sounded French, so they advised her to get rid of her surname.
She decided to make her official name Queen Victoria, who was notorious for not following the rules. While it was an unpopular choice at the time, the name quickly became popular.
Catherine, Princess of Wales Catherine was born Elizabeth Middleton but has always been known to the public as Kate. While Prince William and other members of the royal family will sometimes refer to her as Catherine, Kate has been using her surname since before she met the Prince, and is referred to as Kate by the media.
Kate is a common nickname for people called Kaitlyn or Catherine, and the wife of the Prince of Wales is no exception, and she is not the only famous Catherine to have chosen her surname. She is joined by Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale, Kate Upton, Kate Bosworth and many other famous Keats.
She is also not the only Middleton to use a nickname in the public, as her sister Philippa Middleton has chosen to go with Pippa.
Meghan Markle The real name is not Megan, it is actually Rachel.
Yearbook photos of Markle from her school days indicate that she stopped going to Rachel while she was still in school, deciding instead to go by her middle name, because she is listed as Meghan, not Rachel. It’s unclear why she switched to her middle name, as she hasn’t spoken publicly about her decision.
There is speculation that she didn’t like her original name because it was so popular when she was a child, and she wanted to stand out. Others think that she liked the way Meghan Markle sounded better because of the alliteration and that she didn’t like Rachel Markle because it’s somewhat rhymed.
In an ironic twist of fate, Markle ended up playing the character Rachel on “Suits,” the show that made her famous.
In keeping with the tradition of royalty being able to choose what to be called once ascended to the throne, Queen Elizabeth II’s father, King George VI, changed his name once he became king. His birth name was Albert Frederick Arthur Georg Sachs-Coburg-Gotha.
He chose to choose one of several middle names George, which is now the name of his great-grandson, and the son of Prince William and Catherine, Princess of Wales. His father also decided to go to George’s side when he became king and he was King George V.
As a boy, King George VI was called Bertie, a moniker for his actual first name: Albert. His last name, Saxe-Coburg-Gotha was not actually a last name, but a reference to the house or dynasty to which he belonged, a common practice of the royal family, to which up to that point no family names were given at birth.
King George VI made a change to that earlier, by adopting Windsor as his family’s last name in 1917, and it was passed down.