A royal commentator has spoken about the nickname given to Meghan Markle by Prince Charles when she became a part of the royal family, saying it should be seen as a “pretty neat compliment.”
The future king referred fondly to the Duchess of Sussex as “Tungsten.” This nickname was given to her due to her “resilient nature,” according to royal commentator Christine-Marie Liwag Dixon.
Royal fans also note that “all tungsten compounds should be regarded as highly toxic,” to say that Prince Charles foresaw the current family drama.
Tungsten is the world’s strongest naturally occurring metal, which suggests Prince Charles had given Meghan the nickname since he thought she had a strong and resilient character, even amid her self-confessed struggles fitting into the royal family.
Prince Harry has since revealed that Meghan Markle wanted to commit suicide because she felt trapped and miserable when she was a working member of the royal family.
Royal expert Russell Myers described the nickname given to Prince Harry’s wife as a “pretty neat compliment” when he spoke about it during a TV interview back in 2019, a year after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot at St George’s Chapel.
He said that the Duchess of Sussex is “tough and unbending,” which would explain why she was given the nickname.
Christine-Marie Liwag Dixon said that the former actress did not have an easy time joining the royal family when she married Prince Harry in 2018 and pointed out that Meghan herself has said she did not feel at home or supported while a working member of the royal family.
However, despite the Sussexes’ move to step down in January 2020, it appears Prince Charles had a lot of respect for his daughter-in-law Meghan Markle.
Liwag Dixon said: “Meghan Markle hasn’t had an easy time of it since joining the Royal Family. Not only has the press hounded her relentlessly, but she has also said that she felt less than at home in the Royal Family. The Royal Family may not have approved of Meghan and Harry stepping down as senior royals despite them doing so to escape an environment that was clearly not good for their mental health.”
She added: “However it seems that Prince Charles had a lot of respect for Meghan’s resilient nature. This was evident in the secret nickname he reportedly had for her: ‘Tungsten’ As royal correspondent Russell Myers revealed on Lorraine in 2019, Charles nicknamed her after the metal as ‘she is tough and unbending.’ Tungsten is the strongest naturally occurring metal on the planet. That makes this a pretty neat compliment, all things considered.”
Prince Charles and Meghan were often seen together at public engagements, laughing and chatting. Meghan Markle was also famously accompanied by her father-in-law when she walked down the aisle to marry Prince Harry three years ago.
Psychologist Anjula Mutanda described the move as a “very important symbolic act” which sent a signal to the world that Meghan was now a welcomed part of the family.