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'The Chinese didn't care, why should anyone else': Duke defends infamous 'slitty-eyed' gaffe

 
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'The Chinese didn't care, why should anyone else': Duke defends infamous 'slitty-eyed' gaffe
Prince Philip's notorious comment that British students would become 'slitty-eyed' if they stayed in China became one of his most famous - some would say infamous - gaffes.

The state visit in 1986 became renowned for the incident, in which he advised the students: 'If you stay here much longer you will all be slitty-eyed'.

But despite a long career in the spotlight, and the international opprobrium his intervention produced, it seems the Duke is steadfast in his belief that he was right.

He told a BBC documentary to mark his 90th birthday, reported in the Telegraph: 'I'd forgotten about it. But for one particular reporter who overheard it, it wouldn't have come out

'What's more, the Chinese weren't worried about it, so why should anyone else?'

The 'slitty-eyed' remark was one of a lengthy list of what have been seen as gaffes in the Duke's career as consort to the Queen.

HE DUKE OF EDINBURGH: A ROYAL LIFE IN GAFFES

He tells Indian businessman Atul Patel: 'There's a lot of your family in tonight,' at a 400-strong Buckingham Palace reception for British Indians in October 2009.

Navy sea cadet instructor Elizabeth Rendle, 24, who works in a bar, was asked 'Is it a strip club?' by the Prince. She said: 'It was a joke and I didn't take any offence,' after the blunder in Exeter, Devon, in March last year.

A Buckingham Palace guest with a goatee who told Prince Philip he was a designer, got the sharp response: ‘Well, you didn’t design your beard too well, did you?’ in 2009.

Prince Philip surprised Aborigines in Australia by asking 'Do you still throw spears at each other?' during a state visit in March 2002. Cultural park manager William Brim replied: 'No, we don't do that any more.'

A Scottish driving instructor was asked in 1995: 'How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to pass the test?'

When visiting Hungary in 1993 he said to a resident Briton: 'You can't have been here long - you haven't got a pot belly.'

When visiting the Welsh Assembly he offended a group from the British Deaf Association in May 1999. He pointed to a band they were standing near and said: 'Deaf? If you are near there, no wonder you are deaf.'

He said to a student travelling across Papua New Guinea in 1998: 'You managed not to get eaten then?'

As dole queues grew in 1981, he said: ‘Everybody was saying we must have more leisure. Now they are complaining they are unemployed.’

Once, he asked a Kenyan dancer during a state visit: ‘You are a woman, aren’t you?'

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Re: 'The Chinese didn't care, why should anyone else': Duke defends infamous 'slitty-eyed' gaffe
A Scottish driving instructor was asked in 1995: 'How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to pass the test?'
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9teen Thats a good one. lol
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Re: 'The Chinese didn't care, why should anyone else': Duke defends infamous 'slitty-eyed' gaffe
An American politician's career would be over after making ONE of those remarks. I don't get it. The royals were so hard on Princess Diana, making her feel like she was always doing something wrong. They are also so picky about what people are allowed to say to them because they are special, but Prince Phillip runs around offending anyone he wants.
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Re: 'The Chinese didn't care, why should anyone else': Duke defends infamous 'slitty-eyed' gaffe
A Scottish driving instructor was asked in 1995: 'How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to pass the test?'
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:9teen: Thats a good one. lol
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Its one of his better ones and probably the truestSmileyWink

imagine letting him loose in the white house!

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