Prince Philip’s strange affectionate name for Queen was based on a vegetable

Most royal fans are aware of the Queen's endearing 'Lilibet' nickname – but some might not know that Prince Philip had another rather strange one for her too.

The monarch was first given the 'Lilibet' moniker by close family members when she was young because she couldn't pronounce her own name Elizabeth.

But the Duke of Edinburgh, who married Elizabeth in 1947, based his loving nickname for her off of a vegetable.

It was first revealed in the 2006 film 'The Queen' that Philip would refer to his wife as "cabbage".

In one scene Philip remarks to the Queen to "move over, cabbage".

Robert Lacey, a royal biographer, confirmed this to be true that very same year in an interview with The Sunday Times.

Prince Philip also had a hidden nickname and allegedly only his close staff and friends were able to call him by it, according to a leading historian.

Adrian Tinniswood, author of Behind the Throne: A Domestic History of the British Royal Household, lifted the lid on Prince Philip's exclusive nickname.

Friends and close staff would call the Duke of Edinburgh "P.P" – a shortening of Prince Philip.

And according to Tinniswood, P.P was the Royal staff's favourite member in The Firm.

The Crown actor Matt Smith told Variety: "If you’ve talked to any of the staff, Philip’s the one they all love really.

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"I think more than a lot of them, he’s a bit more of a man of the people. The royal protocol hasn’t dogged him in quite the same way his whole life and there’s a sort of rebellion in him and a naughtiness and a cheekiness.

"I think he’s quite affable and open by all accounts with the staff. They all love him.”

Prince Philip was reportedly “spitting blood” after finding out that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wanted to leave the Royal Family and told an aide “we were wrong about her all along”, a royal author has claimed.

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

He was said to have been furious over the fact that the couple made the announcement without informing senior royals first.

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