Sunday, 24 February 2013

Royal size 10

In the news today, the ever reliable Prince Phillip cracking jokes again, this time at the expense of a Filipino nurse.  The ‘gaff’ happened at the unveiling of the new £5.5m cardiac centre at the Luton & Dunstable hospital.

The ‘joke’, in its entirety is as follows: “The Philippines must be half empty – you’re all here running the NHS”.  The poor unsuspecting Nurse pushed into the firing line by the hospital bosses laughed it off in an uncomfortable few seconds whilst the sound of hands slapping foreheads could be heard from Royal onlookers.

A hospital spokesperson stated that the Duke’s visit was “Hugely motivational”, to say the least. The Duke now at the tender age of 91 described himself as the World’s most experience curtain puller is no stranger to ‘untactful’ comments at an age when most of us would be in a Nursing home not visiting one.
The hospital spokesperson, I’m assuming the same one as previous stated, “Luton is a very cosmopolitan town – staff working at the hospital reflects that”. They could not be drawn to comment on the Duke’s remarks, wise move.

Here is a collection of some of my favourite Prince Phillip anecdotes:

“If you stay here much longer, you’ll all be slitty-eyed” – A comment made to British students during a state visit to China in 1986.

 “You look like you’re ready for bed!” To President of Nigeria, who was in national dress in 2003.

 “Deaf? If you’re near there, no wonder you are deaf.” To deaf children stood by steel band in 2000.

 “There’s a lot of your family in tonight.” Said to Atul Patel at reception for influential Indians in 2009.

 “How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to pass the test?” This spoken to a Scottish driving instructor in 1995.

The list goes on & on, with enough material to make Bernard Manning jealous, the Duke never fails to have his staff on high alert at public functions & private dinners.  But with him married to the boss, what can be done other than a polite smile & inward gasp whenever he speaks.

At least the rest of us can keep our elderly embarrassing grandfathers locked away most of the year!    

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