I feel, dear readers, compelled to pen this extraordinarily personal note in a bid to defend my good name and reputation and that of my chosen profession given some recent unfortunate publicity of an international nature.
This week the world stopped to mark and celebrate the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s second child.
Their beautiful baby daughter was born, in luxurious and serene circumstances no doubt, late last week in Los Angeles where the previously-very-royal-but-now-not-so-much couple have lived since departing the UK and leaving behind their duties as former senior members of the royal family.
In the lead-up to the birth a story was syndicated to news outlets around the world which suggested the new baby’s name could be “Pip” – a diminutive of Philippa and in honour of the late Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip. (main picture)
This particular story was written by another royal correspondent who, like me, is lucky to work for a well-respected global media outlet that takes royal news very seriously.
So it was a tad upsetting to me when critics seized on the Pip story to attack the professional standards of me and my colleagues once the Duke and Duchess announced that their new daughter was to be called Lil, short for Lilibet which is a named Her Majesty has carried since childhood when she had trouble pronouncing Elizabeth.
I very much felt for my colleague who wrote the piece on “Pip” and immediately thought that perhaps it had been a typo given that the P and L keys are very close together and just one key away from the I on a QWERTY keyboard.
I well recall a similar experience I endured just prior to the birth of the Duke of Cambridge Prince William’s first child Prince George when I wrote an exclusive story declaring he would be named Princess Diana.
I made a similar small slip just before the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s second child Princess Charlotte when I wrote that she would be called Princess Diana.
On the eve of the birth of the couple’s third child, Prince Louis, my story that he was to be named Prince Diana was again slightly incorrect.
Regular readers would be well aware that we royal correspondents, like high-level investigative journalists the world over, rely on our extensive network of contacts for snippets of information.
We then check and double check the facts we gather before writing our unique brand of royal news for the millions, nay billions, of devoted followers of Her Majesty the Queen and the remaining members of her family.
I can assure you that critics will never deter me from bringing you, the reader of The Bug, the royal news you so richly deserve.