If you’ve ever been lucky enough to spot a royal family member in the wild, you may have noticed their bodyguards don’t call them Prince William, Prince Harry or—dare we say—Lizzy in public.
In fact, the communications team has secret code names for each member of the royal family. While we’d expect something animalistic like we’ve seen in the movies—perhaps “Eagle” or “Falcon”—that’s not the case. Instead, the bodyguards chose not-so-discreet monikers that sound straight out of a bad James Bond knock-off.
According to the Daily Mail, Prince William and Kate Middleton’s code names are “Danny Collins” and “Daphne Clark.” Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, on the other hand, go by “David Stevens” and “Davina Scott.”
We don’t know if there’s any significance to the names, but there does seem to be a pattern. Both Prince William and Middleton have the same coded initials (“D.C.”), along with Prince Harry and Markle (“D.S.”). The acronyms likely stand for each couple’s official titles: Duke/Duchess of Cambridge and Duke/Duchess of Sussex.
Of course, it’s important to mention these nicknames were used back in 2018, so there’s a chance they’ve since been changed. Also, Prince Harry and Markle were senior royals at the time. Now that they’ve stepped away from their official duties, we wouldn’t be surprise if calling them “Harry and Meghan” would suffice.
“Danny and Daphne have landed. We repeat, Danny and Daphne have landed.” Could have fooled us.