King Charles III’s nickname for Meghan Markle revealed

She had nerves of steel.

King Charles III’s nickname for his daughter-in-law Meghan Markle proves how much respect he once had for her.

Royal expert Katie Nicholl reveals in her book “The New Royals” that the British monarch called the Duchess of Sussex “Tungsten,” which is a hard steel-gray metal of the third transition series that has the highest melting point of all metallic elements.

“Charles reportedly nicknamed his future daughter-in-law ‘Tungsten’ because of her toughness and resilience,” Nicholl writes (via “Entertainment Tonight”).

Nicholl explains that Markle’s moniker was apparently born when the “Suits” alum showed resilience during her and Prince Harry’s 2018 appearance with Prince William and Kate Middleton at the Royal Foundation Forum.

King Charles III and Meghan Markle looking at each other.
King Charles III nicknamed Meghan Markle “Tungsten,” according to a new book.
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“It was, according to one aide, the moment William and Kate, who was heavily pregnant, realized they needed to up their game,” Nicholl writes. “The Cambridges [now the Prince and Princess of Wales] had already signaled their intention to be more than ‘ornamental royals’ and had, along with Harry, made a huge success of their mental health campaign Heads Together.”

She continues, “But Meghan was the breakout star of the foursome. She was polished, passionate and funny, using all her TV-honed skills to present her case. That was a wake-up moment for William and Kate when they realized that Meghan was very impressive, very confident and very capable, according to a source.”

While Charles, 73, may have used the term of endearment four years ago, it’s unclear whether he still calls Markle, 41, “Tungsten” after she and Harry, 38, resigned from their royal duties in 2020 and moved to California, where they reside with their two kids: Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 1.

Tensions within the royal family seemed to remain high following the death of Queen Elizabeth II in September when Markle reportedly requested to meet with the new king and clear the air.

Meghan Markle standing in a white dress.
Markle reportedly requested a one-one-one meeting with Charles after the Queen died, to no avail.

Harry and Markle attended the Queen’s funeral alongside William and Middleton, both 40, though the Sussexes were seemingly snubbed with seats in the second row.

Page Six reported that Harry and Markle also dined with Charles, William, Middleton and other senior members of the family after receiving the Queen’s coffin at Buckingham Palace ahead of her funeral.

Meghan Markle shaking hands with mourners in London after Queen Elizabeth II's death.
Markle reunited with the royal family in September to mourn the Queen.
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Despite the joint appearances, it seems Harry and Markle have yet to make peace with his father as they swiftly returned to the United States after the official mourning period for the late monarch came to an end.

Estranged brothers William and Harry reportedly did not bury the hatchet during their somber UK reunion either.

The Queen died at the age of 96 on Sept. 8 after reigning for 70 years. Her cause of death was revealed to be “old age.”

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