Prince Philip Is Retiring From Public Engagements But His PC Gaffes Will Live On.
To mark the news that The Queens consort Prince Philip is stepping down from public engagements this August at the tender age of 95, we take a whistle stop tour of his long and distinguished career of making a balls of diplomatic events throughout the decades.
Back Story: Philip was answering questions on a possible visit to the then very secretive state of Russia.
“I would like to go to Russia very much, although the bastards murdered half my family.”
And that was before Putin was in power!
Back Story: Philip was accepting a gift from a woman during a visit to Kenya when he pondered aloud.
“You are a woman aren’t you?”
Back Story: On a visit to China Philip was making some small talk with British foreign Ex-change students when he decided to offer some travel advice.
“If you stay here much longer you’ll all be slitty–eyed.” And when later asked what he thought of Beijing Philip replied ‘Ghastly’
He makes trip adviser look like a puppy dog.
Year 1998 :
Back Story: Chatting to a British Back Packer who had trekked to Papa New Guinea Philip spotted something important.
“You managed not to get eaten then?”
To be fair it is nice to see him showing concern for his subjects.
Back Story: Philip was in Cardiff to meet children from The British Deaf Association who happened to be standing next to a Caribbean steel band.
“If you’re near that music it’s no wonder you’re deaf”.
2 for the price of one there, insulting the deaf and Caribbean music performers all in one, and they say men can’t multi-task!
Year 2001 :
Back Story: Celebrities weren’t immune to Philips cutting remarks. When speaking to Elton John at a Gala event Phillip made a startling discovery:
“Oh it’s you that owns that ghastly car is it? We often see it when driving to Windsor Castle.”
Year 2002 :
Back Story: While touring a factory near Edinburgh Philip spotted some shoddy electrical work when looking at a fuse box.
“that fuse box looked as though it had been put in by an Indian”
We think he meant a cowboy but to be honest we can’t be sure!
Back Story: Visiting Salford University in Manchester Philip got chatty with 13 year old AJ Adams who expressed an interest in becoming an astronaut and The Prince had some inspiring words for the youngster.
‘You’ll need to lose weight; you’re too fat for spaceship’
Apparently AJ was in tears after the comments, hopefully he didn’t resort to comfort food!
Sadly Philip will officially stand back from all official engagements in August and so ends the career one of the greatest diplomatic blunderers of all time, even more sadder is the fact that another one is just beginning!
We’ll miss you Philip!