We've lost a master practitioner of "foot in mouth". PS not to be read if you are of a woke disposition : On cultural differences “If you stay here much longer, you will go home with slitty eyes,” he remarked to 21-year-old British student Simon Kerby during a visit to China in 1986. “I would like to go to Russia very much – although the bastards murdered half my family,” he said in 1967 when asked if he would like to visit the Soviet Union. “You can’t have been here that long, you haven’t got a pot belly,” said to a British tourist in Budapest , Hungary in 1993. “You managed not to get eaten then?“ he asked a British backpacker who trekked through Papua New Guinea in 1998. “We don’t come here for our health. We can think of other ways of enjoying ourselves,” he said about a trip to Canada in 1976. “Aren’t most of you descended from pirates?” he asked residents of the Cayman Islands in 1994. “Do you still throw spears at each other?” he asked Aboriginal leader William Brin at the Aboriginal Cultural Park in Queensland in 2002. On the economy “A few years ago, everybody was saying we must have more leisure, everyone’s working too much. Now that everybody’s got more leisure time they are complaining they are unemployed,” he said during the recession in 1981. “All money nowadays seems to be produced with a natural homing instinct for the Treasury,” he said talking about high taxes in 1963. “We go into the red next year… I shall probably have to give up polo,” he moaned about the Royal Family’s finances on US television in 1969. please log in to view this image Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visit the President of Kenya. The Prince is famous for making culturally insensitive remarks on such occasions (Getty Images) On disability “Deaf? If you’re near there, no wonder you are deaf,” he mused loudly to deaf children standing near a Caribbean steel drum band in 2000. “Do you know they have eating dogs for the anorexic now?” he told a wheelchair-bound Susan Edwards with her guide dog Natalie in 2002. “Do people trip over you?” he asked a wheelchair-bound nursing-home resident in 2002. “How many people have you knocked over this morning on that thing?” he asked mobility scooter user David Miller, a trustee of the Valentine Mansion in Redbridge, in 2012. On women “British women can’t cook,” he told the Scottish Women’s Institute in 1961. “You are a woman, aren’t you?” he asked woman in Kenya in 1984. “People think there’s a rigid class system here, but dukes have even been known to marry chorus girls. Some have even married Americans,” he said in 2000. “Do you have any knickers in that material?” he asked Scottish Tory leader Annabel Goldie in 2010, while they were admiring tartan made for the Pope. “I don’t think a prostitute is more moral than a wife, but they are doing the same thing,” he said confusingly in 1988 when discussing blood sports. “Ah, so this is feminist corner then,“ he asked a group of female Labour MPs whose name badges read “Ms” at a Buckingham Palace drinks party in 2000. “Every time I talk to a woman they say I’ve been to bed with her. Well I’m bloody flattered at my age to think some girl is interested in me,” he said in 2006. “I thought it was against the law these days for a woman to solicit,” he told a woman solicitor. “You’re not wearing mink knickers, are you?” Philip ASKS fashion writer Serena French at a World Wildlife Fund gathering in 1993. “I would be arrested if I unzipped that dress,” he remarked to a well-wisher during a Diamond Jubilee visit with the Queen to Bromley in Kent. “Who do you sponge off?” he asked women at a community centre in Barking and Dagenham in 2015. “Yak, yak, yak; come on get a move on,” Prince Philip said to the Queen from the deck of Britannia in Belize in 1994. Her Majesty was talking to her hosts. On youth “Young people are the same as they always were. They are just as ignorant,” he said while celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme. “Ah you’re the one who wrote the letter. So you can write then? Ha, ha! Well done,” he told 14-year old George Barlow who invited the Queen to visit Romford, Essex, in 2003. “So who’s on drugs here?… HE looks as if he’s on drugs,” he said referring to a 14-year-old member of a Bangladeshi youth club in 2002. “You could do with losing a little bit of weight,” he told hopeful astronaut Andrew Adams, 13. “Holidays are curious things, aren’t they? You send children to school to get them out of your hair. Then they come back and make life difficult for parents. That is why holidays are set so they are just about the limit of your endurance,” he told schoolchildren in 2000. “You were playing your instruments? Or do you have tape recorders under your seats?” he asked an Australian school orchestra in 2002. please log in to view this image Prince Philip is the longest-serving consort of a reigning British monarch in history. (Getty) On Britain “How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to pass the test?” he asked a Scottish driving instructor in 1995. “The problem with London is the tourists. They cause the congestion. If we could just stop the tourism, we could stop the congestion,” he said at the opening of City Hall in 2002. “And what exotic part of the world do you come from?” he asked Tory politician Lord Taylor of Warwick in 1999. “Birmingham,” the MP replied. “Only a Scotsman can really survive a Scottish education,” he said when he was made Chancellor of Edinburgh University in November 1953. On the media “You have mosquitoes. I have the Press,” he joked to the matron of a hospital in the Caribbean in 1966. “Well, that’s more than you know about anything else then,” he told Michael Buerk, after the BBC newsreader said he did know about the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Awards in 2004. “What are you doing here?” he asked Simon Kelner, editor of The Independent, at Windsor Castle reception in 2002. “I was invited, sir.” Philip: “Well, you didn’t have to come.” “Damn fool question!” he said derisively to BBC journalist Caroline Wyatt after she asked the Queen how she was enjoying her stay in Paris in 2006. “Where are you from?” he asked the editor of the Sun, before replying: “Oh, no…one can’t tell from the outside.” “Just take the f***ing picture,” he told a photographer at the RAF club in 2015. On common people “You bloody silly fool!” he exclaimed to an elderly car park attendant who who didn’t recognise him at Cambridge University in 1997. “Oh! You are the people ruining the rivers and the environment,” he told three young employees of a Scottish fish farm at Holyrood Palace in 1999. “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,” he said to the Aircraft Research Association in 2002. “Are you all one family?” he asked of multi-ethnic dance troupe Diversity at the Royal Variety Performance in 2009. “Is it a strip club?” he asked a female Sea Cadet who told him she worked in a nightclub. “Why don’t you go and live in a hostel to save cash?” he asked a penniless student in 1998. “The Philippines must be half empty, you’re all here running the NHS,” he said to a Filipino nurse at Luton and Dunstable University Hospital in February 2016. On the Royal family “Tolerance is the one essential ingredient … You can take it from me that the Queen has the quality of tolerance in abundance,” he said, giving advice for a successful marriage in 1997. “If it doesn’t fart or eat hay, she isn’t interested,” the Prince said of his daughter, Princess Anne, who competed as an equestrian athlete in the 1976 Olympics. “It looks like a tart’s bedroom,” he said of plans for the Duke and then Duchess of York’s house at Sunninghill Park. “My son…er…owns them,” he replied after being asked whether he knew the Scilly Isles. “Where did you get that hat?” he supposedly said to Queen at her Coronation. “It looks like the kind of thing my daughter would bring back from her school art lessons,” he said of “primitive” Ethiopian art in 1965.