Prince Charles Has the Cutest (and Weirdest) Nickname for Meghan Markle

Zoe Weiner

It’s hardly a secret that Meghan Markle is tough, and anyone who saw how she gracefully handled the pre-wedding paparazzi firestorm (or who has ever seen Suits) knows it to be true. Someone else who’s taken notice of her steely demeanor? Prince Charles, whose bestowed upon her a fitting nickname because of it.

The royal patriarch reportedly calls his new daughter-in-law “Tungsten”—which is a type of metal—as a testament to the fact that she is “strong and unbending," the Daily Mail reports. "Prince Charles admires Meghan for her strength and the backbone she gives Prince Harry, who needs a tungsten-type figure in his life as he can be a bit of a softy," a source told the publication. "It's become a term of endearment.”

Strange? Sure. But also really, really sweet.

It was previously reported that Markle was steadfast in inspiring Prince Harry to quit smoking and live a healthier lifestyle, so the moniker certainly makes sense. Not to mention, it's safe to say she's handled her many new responsibilities with the strength and grace befitting of royalty.

From what it seems, Markle and Prince Charles have quite a close relationship. After the duchess’s own father was unable to attend the royal wedding because he was recovering from a medical procedure, Prince Charles was tapped to walk his son's bride down the aisle at St. George’s Chapel, and was reportedly “terribly touched” to have had the honor. Markle was also said to have helped repair the elder prince’s relationship with his son. "Meghan met Charles and was bowled over by his charm," a source told Daily Mail. "She told Harry he was wonderful: welcoming, warm, hard-working, kind, and stable. She made it clear that he should appreciate him and bond more.”

Prince Charles had equally flattering praise for Markle, according to Daily Mail. "She is so intelligent and so nice. She makes Harry happy. We could not like her more."

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