And it’s pretty hilarious.
Royal family members often use code names, allowing them to be spoken about under the radar, whether by their security teams or their inner friendship circles.
It emerged earlier this year that both Prince William and Prince Harry used code names during their early twenties, to allow friends to talk about them or their relationships without members of the public or press finding out.
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.
In fact, the royal reportedly even set up social media accounts as Spike, using the pseudonym, Spike Wells.
This week, his code name resurfaced, when his brother Prince William attended the BAFTA awards with his wife Kate Middleton.
As the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge talked to guests after the ceremony, one BAFTA winner called Spike Lee couldn’t help but bring up his issue with Prince Harry’s code name, asking William to pass a message on to his younger brother.
Acclaimed director, Spike, was up for three BAFTAs this year for his involvement with BlacKkKlansman, winning one, but apparently he was far more concerned with straightening out why the Prince had chosen his name as his Facebook alias.
‘The real conversation was with William,’ the director recalled during his appearance on the Today show. ‘I said, “Come here for a second . . . I have a message for your brother. Your brother used my name as an alias on Facebook. Ask him why he did that.”’
There’s no word as to how the royals reacted but we’re sure they found it hilarious.
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