Skip to comments.As Prince Philip turns 90, relive some of his most hilarious gaffes
Posted on 06/09/2011 12:02:59 PM PDT by submarinerswife
Do you still throw spears at each other? To Aboriginal leader William Brin, 2002.
You managed not to get eaten then? To a British student who was trekking in Papua New Guinea
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.
How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to pass the test? To a Scottish driving instructor in 1995.
If you stay here much longer, you will go home with slitty eyes. To a British student on a visit to China in 1986.
Ah, so this is feminist corner then. To a group of female Labour MPs
You are a woman, arent you? To a Kenyan woman in 1984, after accepting a state gift.
When a man opens the car door for his wife, its either a new car or a new wife.
What do you gargle with pebbles? To Tom Jones, after the Royal Variety Performance, 1969. He later added: It is very difficult at all to see how it is possible to become immensely valuable by singing what I think are the most hideous songs.
ON FOOD & DRINK
Get me a beer. I dont care what kind it is, just get me a beer! On being offered fine Italian wines by Prime Minister Giuliano Amato at a dinner in Rome in 2000.
ON CLASS & MONEY
People think theres a rigid class system here, but dukes have been known to marry chorus girls. Some have even married Americans. In 2000.
Everybody was saying we must have more leisure. Now they are complaining they are unemployed. Said at the height of the recession in 1981.
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That man is now my hero.
Not a gaffe in the lot.
Where are the gaffes?
Most of this sounds completely accurate. Oh I get it, not being PC is considered a gaffe.
Not with me.
Sounds like an OK guy to me.
I’m guessing by that pic that Prince Phillip just cut the cheese.
It’s not like he said there were 57 (or more) countries in the British Empire.
I saw a few insensitive remarks, but nothing that comes close to what we’ve heard from the White House lo these past 3 years.
When BEER is at it’s best!
Great series of pics.
Thanks for the laugh.
I remember he publicly spoke out against the British Gun Control laws.
The British press attacked him for it but it made me like him.
I have also heard he served in a really tough outfit in the British military.
Obviously, the man lacks a filter.
Not sure that makes him gaffe prone...
never thought of that, but I think you’re right (thanks for the chuckle).
Wow - he was quite a handsome dude!
“Obviously, the man lacks a filter.”
Are you referring to him cutting the cheese in the pictures?
Prince Philip has the droll sense of humor that is classically British. Occasionally quite witty, if you understand the context. At age 90, Philip comes from another era, long before Political Correctness ruined many forms of communication, including an appreciation of droll humor. Sure, Philip made a few gaffes and probably insulted a few folks along the way but he very likely didn’t mean to do so. Besides, let’s face it, the man is and always has been mostly irrelevant to Americans and only only slightly more relevant to the British. He’s a rich aristocrat and lives, well, like royalty but frankly, few Americans care much whether Philip says something droll or silly. Did I mention that Prince Philip is irrelevant?
I don't care who you are, now that's funny.
“When a man opens the car door for his wife, its either a new car or a new wife. “
How is this a gaffe? This is hilarious! (and true!)
“Gaffes?” I think he full on knows exactly what he’s saying.
He says them as he sees them. Gaffes come from Teleprompters.
He and the late Queen Mum could probably compete for the most outspoken Royal.
I wish we had a leader with half the bluntness of either one of them.
When asked about Prince Charles: “There’s no way that twit came from my loins!”
How closely was he related to Tzar Nicky's family? Close enough that when the Russians finally dug up the bodies a sample of Prince Philip's DNA was used to verify their identity.
That is just awesome.
Prince Philip served in the Royal Navy during WW11 - aboard HMS Valiant.
Very funny. Thanks!
It’s amazing what happens when you live to 90! When he was younger, he was a pretty unpopular member of the royal family. Now, he darling old Pip, I guess. Maybe there’s hope for Princess Anne.
This man and I must be related somehow.
On the other hand, Philip’s bad treatment of Prince Charles is said to have been responsible for that nut’s problems.
Unfortunately, his handsomeness was not passed to his children, except for the youngest -- Edward.
“Oh I get it, not being PC is considered a gaffe.”
So Biden’s gaffes aren’t really gaffes at all looking at them from a Leftist, PC point of view!
He could have treated Charles badly just as a result of his being such a dolt. Charles, that is. Hard to be a manly man and war veteran and raise such a turd, I would think.
I think the guy is creepy with his dreams of culling the population...
“I just wonder what it would be like to be reincarnated in an animal whose species had been so reduced in numbers than it was in danger of extinction. What would be its feelings toward the human species whose population explosion had denied it somewhere to exist... I must confess that I am tempted to ask for reincarnation as a particularly deadly virus.”
-Foreword to Fleur Cowles, If I Were an Animal
Hadn't heard that story. I do know that he was VERY hard on both Diana and Sarah. Of course, in the later stages of their marriages, they probably deserved it.
I remember the story of Sarah, who was lonely after the birth of the 2nd daughter and wanted to see Andrew who was away, that Philip just scolded her and told her that she had to endure her husband's absence. That's probably what tossed her over the edge and prompted her affairs. (not that that's any excuse)
How could you not think that the Prince is merely sneezing?
I actually had a close encounter with Prince Phillip many moons ago... okay, well, his bodyguards actually. But when I realized who these guys were protecting, I shot the good prince and his gracious host a quick little sheepish wave. They smiled and waved, nodded their consent and went back to their poolside meeting.
Okay, explanation here... I was 22 and dating a girl whose Dad (the host) was loaded and a pretty big wheel. They were having a meeting on the farm. But, in my defense, I called beforehand and told Miss Viola (the maid) that I knew the girlfriend was out of town but I was stopping by to drop off a bushel of fresh-caught live crabs I had promised Miss Viola (to bring home to her own family) and she just said, “Wail, c’mon then! I’m gittin’ hongry!” Did she bother to warn me about any guests on the farm? Nooooooo....
So, I came flying up the drive in my pickup with the Doobie Brothers blasting, and as I approached the pool, a couple of nice-looking rather large gentlemen with sunglasses and bulges under their jackets, stepped out in the middle of the road to greet me. Ahhh, fun times.
I saw that girlfriend just a few years ago and she said her dad still laughs about it.
I'm a 5+ generation American and I think that's funny!
Charles was - and this is fairly well-documented - a somewhat sensitive child - and Philip - who everyone agrees is not a sensitive man - forced him into his own beloved old school - the dour Gordonstoun. Charles hated it (I think he was bullied) but was not allowed to attend another school. Philip also berated and belittled him on a regular basis. His daughter Anne - a remarkable lookalike - was his darling. Prince Charles - as a very young man was not really a bad guy. He got truly bizarre and awful later on. He aged 30 years just being married to Diana, lol!
“Did I mention that Prince Philip is irrelevant?”
Perhaps - but I’ll have to ask my mom. Did they name me after him just because they liked the name, or something he did?
The one about the Soviet Union struck home. Was sitting at a science-conference dinner with my old boss and a bunch of guys from Russia. He asked them what towns they were from. Upon hearing them he replied “Oh yeah - I know all of them except ‘———’. I used to be in reconaisance in the military and would rotate the targeting coordinates of our nukes between the various cities.”
It didn’t occur to you to marry the girl whose dad hangs out with royalty?
You do understand you’d probably be freeping from a yacht today?
I had one of those moments in 2005 with Mikhail Gorbachev. I met him in Manhattan, Kansas, of all places, where he was there to attend some function.
A hotel that I stayed at during the week while I was doing a contract at Fort Riley had given he and his staff incorrect electronic room key coding and I was checking in at the same time on the same floor. I helped them get it all worked out but they were intially nervous to get to the floor with eight room keys to four rooms and none of them working. As I was a regular, I had the front desk manager on a speed dial on my cell phone and called her personally to come bring Mikhail (and I think his daughter) and their whole group new room keys and chatted with them while we waited for the replacements.
You’ve reminded me of another Prince Phillip story. A friend of mine - an English actor - performed at a royal gala. He was allowed to bring his mum for the bow and scrape ceremony after the play. His mum, a little Cockney woman who loved the royal family, was thrilled to meet the Queen and Prince. So thrilled, she ducked off the line and got on the end of it and went up to meet them again...and again...and again. Prince Phillip loved it and encouraged her to run around again. So he does have a fun side.
Suppressed laughter is always the easiest to get.
That’s the BEST story I’ve ever heard and softens my opinion of old “spike-up-his-butt”.
LOL Did he really say that?