Duke asks man on mobility scooter: 'How many people have you knocked over this morning?'

Friday, March 30, 2012
Prince Philip asks man on mobility scooter: 'How many people have you knocked over this morning on that thing?'
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip in Redbrigde

The Duke of Edinburgh has once again shown an aversion to modern politically correct ways when he asked a disabled man on a mobility scooter if he had run anyone over recently.

Ninety-year-old Prince Philip was in Redbridge taking part in the Queen's diamond jubilee UK tour when he approached 60-year-old well-wisher David Miller, who was on a four-wheeled mobility scooter.

Related: William and Kate's romantic ski break

With his usual brusque charm, the Queen's consort pointed to the scooter and asked: "How many people have you knocked over this morning on that thing?"

No offence was taken as the man and those around him burst out laughing, reports the UK's Daily Mail.

"That is just typical from the Duke," said Mr Miller, who has trouble walking because of a spinal problem, after the royal had passed.

"He is renowned for his humour but no offence was taken; it was all in good humour. I told him no, your Royal Highness, I had not knocked anyone down."

The royal party received a warm welcome from hundreds of flag-waving school kids as they toured the North London suburb yesterday as part of the national tour to celebrate the Queen's sixty years on the British throne.

This isn't the first time Prince Philip has made headlines with an off-the-cuff comment. Here are some of the Duke of Edinburgh's more famous gaffes:

1981 During a recession the prince said: "Everybody was saying we must have more leisure. Now they are complaining they are unemployed."

1995 Speaking to a Scottish driving instructor he wondered: "How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to pass the test?"

In pictures: Camilla steps out in Diana's jewellery

1996 After the Dunblane massacre, at which 16 children and one adult were killed by a gunman, the duke said: "If a cricketer, for instance, suddenly decided to go into a school and batter a lot of people to death with a cricket bat, which he could do very easily, I mean, are you going to ban cricket bats?"

1998 Speaking to a British student backpacking in Papua New Guinea, he asked: "You managed not to get eaten then?"

2002 Chatting with Indigenous Australians on a visit to the country, he asked: "Do you still throw spears at each other?"

Related video: The Queen gatecrashes a wedding

comments powered by Disqus
comments powered by Disqus

Recipe Search

Tip: Try "lamb & potato" or "Low GI"
Features
Pictures

'Women in politics need thick skin'.

Hillary: 'Women in politics need thick skin' Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says women considering a career in politics need to... More >

Cate Blanchett lovely in lace.

Cate Blanchett lovely in lace Australian actress Cate Blanchett looked stunning in a white lace dress yesterday at a SK-II event... More >

Weekly newsletter

Recipes in your inbox We send you the latest recipes from the Weekly plus all the week's best bits to your inbox.
Sign up now >
AWW |

topics

handy hints(676)/ royals(591)/ expert advice(492)/ royal family(487)/ books(443)/ natural health(406)/ food(330)/ recipes(330)/ prince william(321)/ kate middleton(319)/

Read More