Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, is quite famous for making some rather embarrassing and funny comments. This is a list of some of his own words, and comments attributed to Prince Philip:
Are you Indian or Pakistani? I can never tell the difference between you chaps. At Washington Embassy reception for Commonwealth members.
British women can’t cook; they are very good at decorating food and making it attractive. Addressing mainly female audience at Scottish Rural Women’s Institute Display in 1966.
Do you still throw spears at each other? To Australian Aborigines, during a visit to Queensland, 2002.
I don’t think a prostitute is more moral than a wife, but they are doing the same thing. Speech in December 1988, dismissing claims that those who sell slaughtered meat have greater moral authority than those who participate in blood sports.
In the event that I am reincarnated, I would like to return as a deadly virus, in order to contribute something to solve overpopulation. In August 1988, in an interview with Deutsche Presse-Agentur
I must confess that I am tempted to ask for reincarnation as a particularly deadly virus. In 1987, he wrote in his foreword to a book “If I Were an Animal” – UK, Robin Clark Ltd.
So you’re responsible for the kind of crap Channel Four produces! Speaking to then chairman of the channel, Michael Bishop, in 1962
Deaf? If you are near there, no wonder you are deaf. To group of deaf children standing next to Jamaican steel drum band, on visit to new National Assembly for Wales, 1999.
When a man opens the car door for his wife, it’s either a new car of a new wife. March 1988.
Dontopedalogy is the science of opening your mouth and putting your foot in it, a science which I have practiced for a good many years. Address to General Dental Council, quoted in Time November 21, 1960.
Can you tell the difference between them? On being told by President Obama that he’d had breakfast with the leaders of the UK, China and Russia
People think there’s a rigid class system here, but dukes have even been known to marry chorus girls. Some have even married Americans. In 2000
How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to pass the test. To Scottish driving instructor, 1995.
Tolerance is the one essential ingredient … You can take it from me that the Queen has the quality of tolerance in abundance. His recipe for a successful marriage, during celebrations for their golden wedding anniversary, November 1997.
If it has got four legs and is not a chair, if it has two wings and it flies but is not an aeroplane, and if it swims and is not a submarine, the Cantonese will eat it. Commenting on Chinese eating habits to World Wildlife Fund conference in 1986.
Brazilians live there. On key problems facing Brazil
You have mosquitos. I have the Press. To the matron of a hospital in the Caribbean
Ghastly. Commenting on Beijing, China, during 1986 official visit there.
Everybody was saying we must have more leisure. Now they are complaining they are unemployed. At the height of the recession in 1981.
If you stay here much longer you’ll all be slitty-eyed. To British students in China during Royal visit there in 1986.
It looks as if it was put in by an Indian. Pointing at an old-fashioned fuse box while on a tour of a factory near Edinburgh.
Bloody silly fool! Referring to a Cambridge University car park attendant who failed to recognize him, 1997.
Aren’t most of you descended from pirates? To islander in the Cayman Islands, 1994.
You managed not to get eaten, then. To student who had been trekking in Papua New Guinea in 1998, suggesting Papuan tribes people were still cannibals.
Aren’t there any male supervisors? This is a nanny city. In San Francisco on meeting five city officials – all of whom were female.
People usually say that after a fire it’s the water damage that’s the worst. We’re STILL trying to dry out Windsor castle. To grieving residents of Lockerbie, Scotland, during a 1993 visit after a plane exploded and crashed into the town, killing everyone on board and several people on the ground (and shortly after a fire swept through one wing of Windsor Castle).
We don’t come here for our health. We can think of other ways of enjoying ourselves. On Canada.
You can’t have been here that long, you haven’t got a potbelly. To a Briton residing in Hungary, 1993.
You were playing your instruments weren’t you? Or do you have tape recorders under your seats? Congratulating a school band on their performance in Australia.
You are a woman, aren’t you? In Kenya in 1984, after accepting a gift from an indigenous woman.
If you gave a seven-year-old a brush and paints he’d produce something like that. In The Sudan, after viewing some of the paintings housed in the country’s ethnic museum.
I would like to go to Russia very much – although the bastards murdered half my family. In 1967, asked if he would like to visit the Soviet Union.
What do you gargle with – pebbles? To singer Tom Jones, after 1969 Royal Variety Performance.
I never see any home cooking – all I get is fancy stuff. Remark in 1962 taken as a slight against Buckingham Palace chefs, and later had to be qualified.
All money nowadays seems to be produced with a natural homing instinct for the Treasury. May 1963.
We live in what virtually amounts to a museum – which does not happen to a lot of people. February 1964.
It’s a pleasant change to be in a country that isn’t ruled by its people. To Alfredo Stroessner, the Paraguayan dictator.
You look like you’re ready for bed! To the President of Nigeria, dressed in traditional robes
The problem with London is the tourists. They cause the congestion. If we could just stop tourism, we could stop the congestion. On the London Traffic Debate
The best thing to do with a degree is to forget it. At the University of Salford.
Where did you get the hat? To his wife, the Queen, after her coronation
Any bloody fool can lay a wreath at the thingamy. Discussing his role in an interview with Jeremy Paxman.
Young people are the same as they always were. They are just as ignorant. At the 50th anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme.
You must be out of your minds. To Solomon Islanders, on being told that their population growth was 5 per cent a year, in 1982.
Who are you? Simon Kelner: “I’m the editor-in-chief of The Independent, Sir.” “What are you doing here?” “You invited me.” “Well, you didn’t have to come!” An exchange at a press reception to mark the Golden Jubilee in 2002.
Warning: Some of these Quotes are Dubiously and may not be said by HRH Prince Philip.