Say So Long to the Prince of Gaffes

How the media is reacting to news of Prince Philip's upcoming retirement
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2017 1:15 PM CDT
Say So Long to the Prince of Gaffes
Britain's Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh speaks to guests after attending the Order of Merit service at Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, London, Thursday May 4, 2017.   (John Stillwell/Pool Photo via AP)

Prince Philip was making jokes at a public appearance after his upcoming retirement was announced Thursday. During an event at St. James's Palace, when a guest told the Duke of Edinburgh he was sorry to hear he would be standing down, the 95-year-old replied, "I can't stand up much," Reuters reports. Philip's off-the-cuff quips and remarks—often seen as gaffes—have been the subject of much media attention in the wake of the announcement. That, and other coverage:

  • The BBC has a timeline of some of Philip's biggest gaffes. In 1986, for example, he told a group of British students visiting China, "If you stay here much longer you'll all be slitty-eyed."
  • The Guardian has its own list of Philip's "clangers," including the time he asked an indigenous Australian entrepreneur, "Do you still throw spears at each other?

  • But Philip was also known for being humorous—the Telegraph calls him "by far the funniest" royal, and takes a look at Philip in his own words via nuggets from a book about him.
  • The Telegraph also looks back at how Philip wooed Queen Elizabeth. One adorable detail? During their courtship, Elizabeth often listened to "People Will Say We're in Love" from the musical Oklahoma!
  • Speaking of the queen, the Times of London says that many have long wondered how she'll fare without him by her side at royal engagements. Its take on the matter here.
  • One UK politician is being criticized for using Philip's resignation to promote a campaign about pension inequality. The Independent has the story.
  • Brits are responding with quips of their own; one Twitter user joked that the queen "trolled the entire world" by calling an emergency meeting of the royal household staff, making the situation seem more dire than it turned out to be. The Washington Post has a roundup of reactions.
  • One Brit, though, is calling for an end to the monarchy. Despite his often xenophobic gaffes, "this man has continued to be allowed to at least partly represent Britain for more than 50 years. If there were ever a moment to question our own complacency as a nation, this is it," writes Sirena Bergman in the Independent.
(More Prince Philip stories.)

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