25 things Prince Philip said that will make you full-body cringe
With Prince Philip retiring from his royal duties, there will be fewer occasions for him to make his trademark gaffes and off-kilter remarks.
At times over the years, the 95-year-old’s cringe-inducing comments had a naive charm. Other times though, they’re less “endearing dad-joke” and more “incredibly racist grandpad.” Either way, he’s usually at odds with the decorum and finesse usually expected by a member of the Royal Family.
Here’s some of the Duke of Edinburgh’s ghastliest.
1. “British women can’t cook,” he told the Scottish Womens’ Institute in 1961. Lovely.
2. “It looks like the kind of thing my daughter would bring back from her school art lessons,” he muttered while being shown Ethiopian art in 1965.
3. “I would like to go to Russia very much, although the bastards murdered half my family,” at a very heated period of history in 1967.
4. “What do you gargle with? Pebbles?” he told singer Tom Jones at the 1969 Royal Variety Performance. Later he added: “It’s difficult to see how it’s possible to become immensely valuable by singing what are the most hideous songs.”
5. “We don’t come here for our health. We can think of other ways of enjoying ourselves,” he told journalists in Canada in 1976.
6. “You are a woman, aren’t you?” he said to a Kenyan woman, who was presenting him with a small gift in 1984.
7. “If you stay here much longer you will all be slitty-eyed,” the Prince told British exchange students who lived in Xian in 1986. When asked on his opinion of Beijing, he replied: “Ghastly.”
8. “If it has four legs and it is not a chair, if it has two wings and flies but is not an aeroplane, and if it swims and it is not a submarine, the Cantonese will eat it.” Again with the Chinese insults, when he addressed a World Wildlife Fund meeting in 1986.
9. “I don’t think a prostitute is more moral than a wife, but they are doing the same thing,” when dismissing claims those who slaughter for meat have greater moral authority than those who partake in blood sports in 1988.
10. “Oh no, I might catch some ghastly disease,” when asked if he wanted to pet a koala in Australia back in 1992.
11. “You can’t have been here that long — you haven’t got a pot belly,” he told a British tourist during a visit to Budapest in 1993.
12. “Aren’t most of you descended from pirates?,” he enquired to an islander while in the Cayman Islands in 1994.
13. “How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to pass the test?” he asked a Scottish driving instructor in 1995.
14. “It was part of the fortunes of war. We didn’t have counsellors rushing around every time somebody let off a gun, asking ‘Are you all right — are you sure you don’t have a ghastly problem?’ You just got on with it!” when asked about stress counselling for soldiers in 1995.
15. “You managed not to get eaten then?” the Prince asked a British student who had been trekking in Papua New Guinea, in 1998.
16. “Where’s the Southern Comfort?” he said on receipt of a basket of Southern goods from the U.S. ambassador in London, in 1999.
17. “Deaf? If you’re near there, no wonder you are deaf,” he told a group of deaf school children, who were nearby a Caribbean steel drum band in 2000.
18. “You could do with losing a little bit of weight,” he told 13-year-old Andrew Adams, after hearing he wanted to become an astronaut while visiting a science museum in 2001.
19. “Do you still throw spears at each other?” he asked a group of Indigenous Australians in 2002, while on a visit to Australia with the Queen.
20. “So who’s on drugs here?… He looks as if he’s on drugs,” he said of a 14-year-old boy while at a Bangladeshi youth club in 2002.
21. “You look like you’re ready for bed!” he told the President of Nigeria in 2003, who was dressed in traditional robes.
21. “There’s a lot of your family in tonight,” he told businessman Atul Patel during a reception for 400 British Indians at Buckingham Palace in 2009.
22. “Is it a strip club?” he asked when meeting a female Sea Cadet who told the Prince she worked in a nightclub, in 2009.
23. “That’s a nice tie … Do you have any knickers in that material?” he asked Annabel Goldie, the Scottish Conservative leader, when welcoming Benedict XVI to Edinburgh in 2010.
24. “The Philippines must be half-empty — you’re all here running the NHS,” he told nurses at Luton and Dunstable Hospital in 2013.
25. “Just take the f**king picture!” he told a photographer, during a Battle of Britain event in 2015.