Prince George's new nickname is baffling the internet

What does it all mean?

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What does it all mean?

The royal family are undoubtedly the most talked-about people in the world, with the millennial royals - known as the Fab Four - and their families making the most waves.

Yes, the budding Sussex family and the Cambridges are accustomed to a great deal of fame, making them vulnerable to the dreaded rumour mill.

It emerged last year that Prince William and Prince Harry created an ingenious way to stay under the radar during their adolescent years, an example that the young Prince George seems to be following.

Both William and Harry are reported to have employed code names during their early twenties, allowing them to be spoken about under the radar by their inner circle of friends and keeping relationships private.

Their choices? Prince William went for ’Steve’ and Prince Harry went a little more curve ball, opting for 'Spike’.

Yes, Prince Harry is referred to by some people as Spike and it’s hilarious.

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But it wasn’t the Dukes’ nicknames that made news this week, instead it was the next generation, with Prince William’s eldest son, five-year-old George, reported to be going by a pseudonym already.

According to The Sun, a dog walker was approached by Prince George in Berkshire, where he was playing with his grandma, Carole Middleton and Princess Charlotte. But he didn’t introuce himself as Prince George.

‘I was asked by a police minder not to take a photo of the children, which I didn't, but George started stroking my dog,’ explained the dog walker who has chosen to remain unnamed. ‘Just to be friendly I engaged in a bit of small talk and I asked George what his name was, even though obviously I knew it.’

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She continued: ‘To my astonishment he said “I’m called Archie” with a big smile on his face. I don't know why he calls himself Archie but kids often play with their names and I think it's lovely.’

It is thought that like his father and uncle, the name ‘Archie’ is most likely to be a security measure, but then again, as the dog walker pointed out, he could just be having a bit of fun with his moniker.

Either way, Prince George seriously suits the name Archie.

Jenny Proudfoot
Features Editor

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