Nickname of Prince Philip, which only close friends and royal staff could call him

Prince Philip used to have a fantastic relationship with royal staff and according to crown actor Matt Smith, who played the Duke of Edinburgh on the hit TV show, he was “the one they all loved”.

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Prince Philip had a nickname that only his close friends and trusted associates could call him, a leading royal historian has claimed.

According to Adrian Tinniswood, there was a pet name known only to a select few in the household – as well as those who had loved the Duke of Edinburgh for many years.

The author of Behind the Throne: A Domestic History of the British Royal Household says they often called him “PP” in private – an abbreviation of Prince Philip, of course.

And according to Tinniswood, the witty king has always been the favorite member of palace staff.

That was backed up by The Crown actor Matt Smith, who narrated it before the King’s death last year diversity : “If you’ve spoken to any of the staff, Philip is the one they all really love.

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Philip had a number of pet names for the Queen – and he had his own too


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“I think more than a lot of them, he’s a little bit more of a man of the people. Royal protocol hasn’t haunted him the same way all his life and there’s a kind of rebellion in him and a naughtiness and such cheekiness.

“I think he’s quite easy going and open with the staff. They all love him.”

The Queen has been given a number of nicknames over the years, including ‘Cabbage’ and ‘Lilibet’ – and ‘Gan-Gan’ from a young Prince George.

It comes as another top author has claimed Philip told an aide “we were wrong the whole time about her” after discovering Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had left the royal family.

But not everyone was allowed to call him PP


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He “spit blood” after learning of the couple’s plan to step down and leave Britain behind, sources said.

Christopher Andersen, author of Brothers and Wives: Inside the Private Lives of William, Kate, Harry and Meghan, says he went straight to the Queen to express his “anger”.

Furious, Philip saw red after the couple decided to go public without notifying the family first, he says.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stunned the world in January 2020 when they announced they were stepping down as “senior” royals and working to become financially independent on Instagram.

The Duke of Edinburgh had a lot to say about Prince Harry’s decision in 2020, it has been claimed


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No other king – including the Queen or Prince William – was consulted ahead of the bombshell declaration, as Buckingham Palace spoke of its “disappointment”.

In the book, the aide revealed Philip was unaware of the social media platform but was “angry, deeply hurt and spitting up blood” when he learned of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s joint announcement.

According to the aide, Philip exclaimed “that shows a complete lack of respect” as he told the Queen of his anger.

The book also claims that both Philip and his son Charles had a warm relationship with Meghan, but their view eventually changed.

Andersen wrote that senior royals now saw Meghan as the 21st-century Wallis Simpson – the American socialite who married the Duke of Windsor, former King Edward VIII, after he abdicated to be with her more than 80 years ago to be.

Philip then confided to one of his closest associates, “It seems we were wrong about her all along.”

The Duke of Edinburgh wasn’t the only male royal upset over Harry and Meghan’s announcement.

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