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.