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Britain's most politically incorrect Royal

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Britain's most politically incorrect Royal


Queen Elizabeth II’s husband of 64 years, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh has a reputation for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time.

On the eve of his 90th birthday, British newspaper the Daily Mail has published a selection of his most inappropriate faux pas, and giving him the title of “prince of gaffes”.

Here are some examples of the Prince’s famed lack of tact:

“You look like you’re ready for bed!” To the President of Nigeria, who was wearing traditional robes.

“Do you still throw spears at each other?” To Aboriginal leader William Brin during a visit to the Aboriginal Cultural Park in Queensland, 2002.

“Aren’t most of you descended from pirates?” To residents of the Cayman Islands in 1994.

“I would like to go to Russia very much — although the bastards murdered half my family.” In 1967, when asked if he would like to visit the Soviet Union.

“It’s a vast waste of space.” To guests at the opening reception of a new £18 million British Embassy in Berlin in 2000.

“People usually say that after a fire it is water damage that is the worst. We are still drying out Windsor Castle.” To survivors of the Lockerbie bombing in 1993.

“If it has got four legs and it is not a chair, if it has got two wings and it flies but is not an aeroplane, and if it swims and it is not a submarine, the Cantonese will eat it.” To a meeting of the World Wildlife Fund in 1986.

“If you stay here much longer, you will go home with slitty eyes.” To a British student on a visit to China in 1986.

“So who’s on drugs here? He looks as if he’s on drugs.” To a 14-year-old member of a Bangladeshi youth club in 2002.

“Ah, so this is feminist corner then.” To a group of female Labour MPs at a Buckingham Palace drinks party in 2000.

“When a man opens the car door for his wife, it’s either a new car or a new wife.”

“I wish he’d turn the microphone off!” During Elton John’s performance at the 73rd Royal Variety Show in 2001.

“Don’t feed your rabbits pawpaw fruit — it acts as a contraceptive. Then again, it might not work on rabbits.” To a Caribbean rabbit breeder in Anguilla in 1994.

“People think there’s a rigid class system here, but dukes have been known to marry chorus girls. Some have even married Americans.” In 2000.

“If you travel as much as we do, you appreciate the improvements in aircraft design of less noise and more comfort, provided you don’t travel in something called economy class, which sounds ghastly.” To the Aircraft Research Association in 2002.

“It looks like the kind of thing my daughter would bring back from her school art lessons.” On seeing an exhibition of ‘primitive’ Ethiopian art in 1965.

“You have mosquitoes. I have the Press.” To the matron of a hospital in the Caribbean.

For the whole Daily Mail list click here: As Prince Phillip turns 90, relive some of his most hilarious gaffes

By Ali Sheikholeslami
London Correspondent

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