Prince Philip, who died at the age of 99 on Friday (9), took part in more than 22,000 official events over seven decades. In several of them, he used sour sentences and jokes, often of a racist or sexist nature.
In Australia, he asked if indigenous people still shoot arrows. When he saw a President of Nigeria in traditional dress, he said he looked like he was wearing pajamas. And while praising a Scottish politician’s tie, he asked if she had any panties of the same fabric.
Philip has also been the target of criticism for other actions, such as the practice of sport hunting while defending the preservation of the environment.
In January 2019, he crashed into the car while driving at the age of 97. Despite questions that it could pose risks to other people, the monarch returned to the wheel two days later and without wearing a seat belt. But after a few weeks, he gave in to the pressure and surrendered his driver’s license.
“People have the impression that Prince Philip doesn’t care what they think of him at all, and they are right,” former Prime Minister Tony Blair wrote in his memoir. Below is a list of phrases spoken by Philip throughout his career:
“It looks like plum pudding.”
Commenting on the birth of Prince Charles, his son, in 1948.
“I have never been reluctant to talk about subjects I know nothing about.”
To a group of industrialists in 1961.
“British women cannot cook.”
During a visit to a women’s institute in 1961.
“It sounds like the kind of thing my daughter would bring from school art class.”
At an art exhibition in Ethiopia in 1965.
“I would love to visit Russia, but these guys murdered half of my family.”
In 1967, during an interview, referring to the conflicts of the nineteenth century.
“What are you gargling with? Rocks?”
To singer Tom Jones, in 1969, after a concert.
“We didn’t come here for our health. We can think of other ways to benefit from it.”
When he arrived in Canada in 1976.
“Everyone said we should have more free time. Now they are complaining that they are unemployed.
During an economic crisis in 1981.
“You are a woman, aren’t you?”
To a Kenyan woman who gave him a present in 1984.
“If you stay here any longer, your eyes will all be wide open.”
British students in China in 1986.
“I don’t think a prostitute has more morality than a woman, but she does the same.”
When asked if killing animals for food has more moral value than killing animals during sport hunting in 1988.
“No, I can get a terrible disease.”
When asked if he wanted to touch a koala in Australia in 1992.
“Aren’t most of you from pirates?”
To a resident of the Cayman Islands in 1994.
“How do you keep the natives (Scots) away from drinking enough to pass the exam?”
To a Scottish driving school instructor in 1995.
“Did you manage not to eat it?”
To a young Briton who visited Papua New Guinea in 1998.
“You are very fat. I could lose some weight.”
To a boy who dreamed of being an astronaut in 2001.
“Ah, you are the owner of this horrible car.”
To singer Elton Jonh, who drove a golden Aston Martin in 2001.
“Are you still shooting arrows?”
Australian Indians in 2002.
“So who does drugs here? He looks like he does drugs.”
To a 14-year-old boy during a visit to a youth club in Bangladesh in 2002.
“You look like you’re ready to go to bed.”
To the President of Nigeria, who wore traditional dress, in 2003.
“It’s a pretty tie. Do you have any panties made from the same fabric?”
Scottish politician Annabel Goldie in 2007.
“Can you distinguish one from the other?”
To President Barack Obama, after being with Prime Minister Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Russian Dmitry Medvedev. “Can you distinguish one from the other?”, In 2009.
“If I open that zipper, I’ll be arrested”
See a woman in a dress with a front zipper at an event in 2012.
Are you going to put it in the oven? “
When she saw a lady in a wheelchair, who was protecting herself from the cold with a material similar to aluminum, in 2012.
“The Philippines must be half empty because you are here all the time working.”
During a visit to a hospital near London in 2013.
“You cannot request a return. We will check your baggage before you leave.”
By showing oriental relics to Chinese leader Xi Jinping in 2015.