A missed opportunity

There were occasions when Philip straightforwardly set out to be rude; because he could. When he met the Labour MP Parmjit Dhanda in 2002, he asked him what he had done before entering parliament. He had been a student and a trade union official, he replied. “You didn’t do anything then,” Philip said.

True, but, when Dhanda tried to turn the tables and ask, well, what did you do before you became the consort?

“Oh, I fought in the Second World War.”

Not including that part is indeed a missed opportunity.

15 thoughts on “A missed opportunity”

  1. Pleased to see his position gave him some advantages. Sounds like he said just what a lot of other people would have liked to say.

  2. Steve across the Pond

    Being an American, well, English royalty doesn’t mean much to me. But… I have respect for the Queen and Philip. They have known everyone who was anyone during the 20th century. That… Is fascinating to me. I mourn with the Queen. I think I would have enjoyed a pint with the Duke, given a chance. Heck, even Her Majesty. Seriously. Even a descendent of the man we fought for independence.

    There are a bunch of anecdotes going around. Oh, no! He said what?! He still accomplished more than any of the whiners ever did.

  3. Some of Price Phillip’s greatest hits:

    1. “Ghastly.” Prince Philip’s opinion of Beijing, during a 1986 tour of China.

    2. “Ghastly.” Prince Philip’s opinion of Stoke-on-Trent, as offered to the city’s Labour MP Joan Walley at Buckingham Palace in 1997.

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

    8. “Damn fool question!” To BBC journalist Caroline Wyatt at a banquet at the Elysée Palace after she asked Queen Elizabeth if she was enjoying her stay in Paris in 2006.

    From the Indie, via Steve Sailer


  4. Diogenes

    He seems to have taken as dim a view of professional politico

    I read (elsewhere) that he asked some chap in Ghana or somewhere on one visit how many MPs they had.
    Reply: 200.
    Philip: About right. We have 650, and most of them are bloody useless.

  5. Bloke in North Dorset

    He was given as good as he gave, especially over his German ancestry. When setting up the Duke of Edinburgh scheme he was accused of setting up a Hitler youth by the the education secretary.

    There’s some great stories doing the rounds, most focusing on his wit or supposed offensiveness* and some of them are great. He could even be tactful, on an official visit to Japan he was asked if it was his first visit he replied yes. He didn’t think it was the time to remind them he’d been at their surrender.

    But there was also a side to him rarely told, that of compassion:

    “ A story about Prince Philip, who died today at 99. The weekend of the Kennedy assassination, he flew to Washington for the funeral. At the White House on Sunday, Nov. 24, 1963, Jacqueline Kennedy was looking for John Jr. and opened the door to his playroom. There she found (more)

    the Prince sprawled on the floor, playing and laughing with the murdered president’s son. Days from his 3d birthday, John had said earlier that he “didn’t have anybody to play with” (also: “where’s Daddy?”) and her Majesty’s husband decided that he would entertain the boy. RIP

    …in May 1965, the British government gave an acre of land to the United States for a memorial to the murdered president at Runnymede – site, 750 years earlier, of King John signing the Magna Carta. Here, John Jr. holds hands with his Mom and the Prince”


    *apparently the only people offended by his slitty eyes comment were the professional offence takers

  6. Everything I read about him makes me admire him more.

    I presume the Times obit writer omitted his snappy comeback to the Labour drone out of sheer cuntishness.

  7. When he and the missis visted Sheffield in 2003, I was in the city council reception lined up to shake hands. Philip was saying a few words at random down the line. When he got to me he asked:
    @ So what do you do?
    * I’m a landlord.
    (perks up)
    @ Ah, you run a pub?
    * No, I’m a boorjwah exploiter of the renting classes
    (brief smirk)

  8. @PF I think the original is on Craig Murray’s blog:
    There he was first shown to a committee room where he was introduced to senior MPs of all parties.
    “How many Members of Parliament do you have?” he asked.
    “Two hundred” came the answer.
    “That’s about the right number,” opined the Prince, “We have six hundred and fifty MPs, and most of them are a complete bloody waste of time.”

    The irony was that there was no British journalist present to hear this, as they had all thought a meeting between Prince Philip and Ghanaian parliamentarians would be too boring. There were Ghanaian reporters present, but the exchange didn’t particularly interest them. So a front page tabloid remark, with which the accompanying photo could have made a paparazzi a lot of money, went completely unreported.
    The whole thing is worth a read: https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2021/04/my-day-with-prince-philip/

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