Prince Philip’s greatest hits
Now that I’ve revealed myself to be the sworn enemy of British royalty, here’s a selection of zingers attributed to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and the husband of Queen Elizabeth II: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images To a driving instructor in Scotland: “How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to get them ...
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To a driving instructor in Scotland: “How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to get them through the test?”
To a Nigerian diplomat in traditional Nigerian garb: “You look as if you’re ready for bed.”
On seeing a fuse box filled with wires, during a visit to an electronics company: “This looks like it was put in by an Indian.”
To members of the British Deaf Association, while pointing to a loudspeaker playing Caribbean music: “No wonder you are deaf.”
To a tourist, during a state visit to Hungary: “You can’t have been here long, you’ve not potbelly.”
Speaking to British students studying in China: “If you stay here much longer, you’ll all be slitty-eyed.”
On the “key problem” facing Brazil: “Brazilians live there.”
Blake Hounshell is a former managing editor of Foreign Policy.
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