These days, she’s one of the most famous women in the world, but there are still a handful of secrets that we just don’t know about Kate Middleton. Now, she’s opened up about her days as a schoolgirl, revealing that even the future Duchess of Cambridge wasn’t immune to earning a slightly bizarre nickname from her classmates.
Visiting her old primary school St. Andrews in Pangbourne (not to be confused with St. Andrews, Scotland, where the Duchess attended university, and met her future husband), Kate revealed to current pupils that her classmates would refer to her as "Squeak."
Where did this particular nickname come from? "Squeak" was actually a nod to the school’s pets, two guinea pigs named Pip and Squeak. Kate, of course, is the sister of Pippa Middleton—are you catching our drift?
"There was one [guinea pig] called Pip and one called Squeak, so my sister was called Pip and I was Squeak," the Duchess explained to St. Andrews pupils during her visit.
Little did her classmates know that one day "Squeak" would bear a clutch of royal titles, including Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge, The Countess of Strathearn, and Princess William of Wales.
Kate isn't the only royal to go by a different name on occasion. According to the U.K. lifestyle website GoodtoKnow, the Duchess and her husband, Prince William, were caught using their nicknames for each other at the Chelsea Flower Show back in May.
"They seemed very interested in the garden—William in particular," said designer Mick Conway. "He also asked what this plant was (pointing to a Buxus) and Kate said to him, 'Darling, we've got that.'"
And while Kate and William frequently call each other "darling," Prince Phillip has a quite unusual name for Queen Elizabeth. In the 2006 film The Queen, Phillip says, "Move over, Cabbage," in reference to the name he's called his dear wife for years.
How adorable; we love all these royal nicknames! All in all, this latest news gives us even more reason to love the down-to-earth Duchess.
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