Prince Charles says 'Bongbong' is a 'wonderful name' in viral video

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Prince Charles (left) in Canada on May 12, 2022 on a royal visit. The British royal has said that Ferdinand Marcos Jr.'s nickname
Prince Charles (left) in Canada on May 12, 2022 on a royal visit. The British royal has said that Ferdinand Marcos Jr.'s nickname "Bongbong" is a wonderful name. (Photos: AP/Getty)

A video of an exchange between Prince Charles and a netizen has gone viral for the royal's comment about "Bongbong", the nickname of the president-elect of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

In the video first posted on TikTok, the British heir to the throne was interacting with the public when he came across someone who identified herself as Filipino.

Striking up a casual conversation with the woman, the 73-year-old prince said, "I see you elected a new President. Bongbong."

The woman replied, "Yes, sir. We love him. Bongbong Marcos," to which Prince Charles said, "Wonderful name!"

Prince Charles went on to greet other members of the public and did not comment further.

It was unclear where the conversation took place, but it appears to be during Prince Charles' trip to Canada this week as part of visits by senior British royals to Commonwealth countries to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's 70th year on the throne.

Marcos Jr. is the presumptive incoming president of the Philippines on the back of elections which took place on May 9. Based on a partial, unofficial vote tally by the Commission on Elections, Marcos was leading the race with 31 million votes, as compared to Vice President Leni Robredo's 15 million votes. Votes are currently still being canvassed ahead of the announcement of official election results.

Marcos had earlier said that his siblings used to call him "Bonget", but the nickname turned into "Bongbong" as he grew older.

Bongbong's mother, former first lady Imelda Marcos, met Prince Charles during the coronation of the King of Nepal in 1972.

Marcos Jr. himself has close links to the UK. His three sons all attended a boarding school in Sussex, while Marcos himself studied at the prestigious Oxford University. The politician had stirred controversy when he claimed that he had graduated from Oxford with a degree in politics, philosophy and economics. The university later clarified that he "did not complete his degree, but was awarded a special diploma in Social Studies in 1978".

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