Sarah Al-Arshani The Insider.

Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, died on Friday and his legacy is muddied by a decades-long history of off-the-cuff problematic and casually racist comments. 

Philip, who died at 99, was the longest-serving consort in the history of the British monarchy. While he’s remembered for his work with charity organizations like the World Wide Fund for Nature, he’s repeatedly made offensive statements.

The Duke, who married the Queen in 1947, retired from public life in May 2017 at the age of 95, but for more than 40 years prior his racist, sexist, or degrading statements were brushed off as “gaffes.”

In 1986, while on a visit to China, Philip described Beijing as “ghastly.” He also told British students: “If you stay here much longer you’ll all be slitty-eyed.”

That same year, while speaking at a World Wildlife Fund meeting, Philip made an insensitive comment on Cantonese cuisine. 

“If it has four legs and is not a chair, has wings and is not an airplane, or swims and is not a submarine, the Cantonese will eat it,” he said. 

In 1988, he told a student who was trekking through Papua New Guinea: “You managed not to get eaten then?”

In 1994, he asked residents of the Cayman Islands if most of them were “descended from pirates” and in 2002 he asked an aboriginal leader in Queensland: “Do you still throw spears at each other?”

Kehinde Andrews, Professor of Black Studies at Birmingham City University, told CNN: “He was a throwback to old-school racism.

Painting him as a benign, cuddly uncle of the nation is simply untrue.”

Philip also made many sexist remarks. “You are a woman, aren’t you?” he asked a Kenyan woman in 1984 when she gave him a gift. 

In 1988 he said: “I don’t think a prostitute is more moral than a wife, but they are doing the same thing,” Mashable reported. 

In 2009 he met a female Sea Cadet who told him she worked at a nightclub. Phillip asked her: “Is it a strip club?”

Other comments made by the Duke were generally offensive. 

In 2002, he said “So who’s on drugs here?… HE looks as if he’s on drugs,” while pointing to a 14-year-old member of a Bangladeshi youth club. 

He told the president of Nigeria that he looked like he was “ready for bed,” because he was dressed in a traditional robe.

Philip also told a 13-year-old who wanted to become an astronaut that he should lose some weight. 

His history of offensive comments comes at a time when racial sensitivity and racism in the Royal family is being looked into after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle told Oprah Winfrey that members of the family were concerned over what skin tone her son Archie would have before he was born. Markle never specifically said who made those comments. 

In a follow-up appearance, Winfrey told host Gayle King that it was not Queen Elizabeth or Prince Philip who had “concerns” on the topic.

Prince Harry and Markle did pay tribute to Philip after his death was announced. 

“In loving memory of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh,” the couple posted on their Archewell website. “Thank you for your service…You will be greatly missed.”


The death of most people is sad.

All kinds of poeple have all kinds of things to say when someone dies.

There are always those who want to canonise.

Then there are those who want to demonise.

But no human life is so simple. There is good in the worst of us and evil in the best of us.

Philip had a very difficult childhood as a child of the overthrown Greek royal family.

He was separated from his mother who suffered severe mental health struggles.

He fell on his feet when he met Princess Elazabeth and married her.

He never wanted for anything material.

While staying married he is reported to have had a very varied love life.

He served in the Navy – not of course that royals in the forces experience the rough side of things.

He can certainly be credited with steadying the British Royal Family.

Some will applaud that and others will not be happy.


I’d like readers comments on that.


The bigotry is yours only. It might make some sense to speak about expecting republican antipathy but to single out Catholic antipathy to an establishment figure and to call it bigotry reflects a prejudiced and prejudicial thought process.
@ 10.18


Our Lord will determine whether he lives a GOOD life, a VIRTUOUS LIFE and a LIFE OF REAL SERVICE TO MANKIND. Our Christian duty is to PRAY FOR HIM.


Affairs? I think that was on The Crown rather than real life. Look at his reaction to Charles having an affair!!
Also, based on what your wrote I think you need to read up on his acts of bravery and service record in WW2.


I didn’t know the man. He has been a Prince since I entered this earth. Who really knows who a person is behind the PR in a High Level Station in life. His could have had a belittling streak to him, he certainly could fly off the handle if he wanted to. Might have been the pressure being an outsider in an outsiders made good Universe. He certainly wasn’t ISIS.
As married to the head of the Church of England, it was poor morals to betray his committed wife. They did manage though to show commitment with real love involved unlike many British Royals in history and for that he is somewhat exemplary. His Mom was a extraordinary for what she endured and did. He certainly played the hand that was dealt him and now the Rest is up to God the Father. There are lessons from his life we can learn from and and also learn what not to do, as well. May God have Mercy..


He was not very bright, was badly educated and hence prey to stupid prejudices, but seemed to mean well and did try to help people out. However, his tragedy was that he was part of one of the most evil institutions that the human race has ever created, the English monarchy -albeit now well mummified. King Henry VIII was the inventor of the idea that a single dictator can be in charge of the thoughts and actions of every single person in the society in his power, and so was the progenitor of Hitler, Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot. He claimed God as an excuse while they relied on metaphysical ideologies, but then he claimed the right to define what God was and wanted. Roman Catholics were disembowelled alive because they rejected this monstrous evil, and the British government will never issue any statement of apology or regret for this. The “British” monarchy (it has a different, and somewhat lesser evil, allotrope in Scotland compared to the one it has in England) only exists because of the effectiveness of the primitive hominid urge to worship the godlike alphas. It is funded by property looted over centuries and centuries ago, and has on its secret payroll an army of truly horrible human beings who bask in their privilege. Of course many of the English will reply to this with loudly-voiced metaphysical nonsense and hands waving in a blur, and it’s the “loyal” RCs who are the worst because they have so much to turn a blind eye to. As for Prince Philip, he would have made a good school headmaster or a CEO of a humanitarian charity -and one may pray that the evil in which he was submerged after he married didn’t cause the loss of his immortal soul.


Would you rather the the Vatican be in charge of running the country or the present British government / establishment? (Labour or Conservative… 🙄).
Some could easily answer ‘neither’ – but if one had to choose?
… An older lady who has a family with grandchildren, who practices making decisions – which affect our country – via systems: privy councils, deligates and highly knowledgeable advisers?
Or an old man, in Rome, who has “Supreme” authority over all; and anybody who disagrees is excommunicated (we were discussing Hans Kung, only a day-or-two ago…).
This Old Man’s predecessor was made a so-called “Saint” and, after covering-up the most heinous of crimes: crimes against children.
Not only does his successor continue in failing to make necessary Safeguarding arrangements, he continues in refusing to take necessary actions, say many victims the of abuse the world over.
Remember, the Police, or Garda (nowadays), immediately “spring” into action when it is known children or vulnerable adults are at immediate risk — unless the Alexes and Alberts of this world abuse their positions of trust and uthority to prevent justice for victims of abuse ever seeing the light of day…) — can Rome be attributed to the same?
Can you attend a non-Roman Catholic theological college and discuss other religions and the Christian God’s nature and the spiritual possibilities outside of closed and confined doctrines? I can tell you categorically NO! And if you so much as make murmur after being abused; then be prepared to be be abused some more for to even questioning the abuse.
Freedom of choice? Freedom to worship how one sees fit?
… Take your choice…
Incidentally, I would like to make it perfectly clear that I am in no way dissolusioned when it comes to the British establishment – the Alexes and Alberts of this world –
not on your nelly!
I know full-well what is recorded, and rightly so, in the history books of the world; and I am in no way proud of what is written therein: I am ashamed!
I happen to be a British citizen, and I would rather the Royal family over the wickedness of an all-male, clerical dominated, abuse failing and cover-up merchant one-man “supreme” led organisation similar to what we we read about in the global news on an almost daily basis?
Again, when you put your Alexes and Alberts in one room, you get disastrous results.
Don’t put your Alexes and Alberts all in one basket… 🐣🐰 x


At the time, it was rumoured he was Mr X in the Profumo affair, attending the infamous sex parties for several nights dressed only in a mask.


Bp Pat, I seem to recall there was also a Mr X involved in the infamous ‘Summer of Love’ affair that rocked Maynooth. Was he also someone of rank?


The fallout from the Profumo affair still lingers on, for example, with the former bishop of Meath sometimes referred to as +Mandy-Rice Emeritus, not that he was involved in any way, mind. However, I suppose he will feature more prominently in the current Silverstream scandal as time goes on.


I never viewed him as a “cuddly uncle of the nation” or a national treasure like they say about Cliff. He has just always been there, supporting the queen in her duties. We all have our faults, I suppose.


I don’t know why Cliff is seen as a national treasure! Now Dame Edna Everage is a Commonwealth treasure!


He did a good job. He always walked two paces behind the Queen. He supported her, as was his role. He was a person of his time. The Queen will not last much longer and the monarchy will fade into history. Pity the poor Queen, she has lost the love of her life.


Phil The Greek, wife of Brenda, as I believe Private Eye disparagingly referred to the Royal Couple, was a very interesting and talented man. However, he did have pretty much everything laid before him as an advantage, certainly once he was taken in to the fold of the Royal Family. Yes, his early life was difficult, certainly emotionally and in terms of family, but I don’t believe the narrative about him wandering around European royal houses and aristocratic relatives as a sign of poverty, being as he was sent to nice prep schools and public schools. He was always able to call on rich and influential relatives to take care of him. Mountbatten, in particular, seems to have adopted him and made sure his path was lubricated. There’s a lot more could be said about Mountbatten, but best left for another time ! So, I rejoice in the good and great things that he was able to do, but I really don’t think he could have done anything else given all the great advantages that he had. Neither do I buy the stuff about him being a robust and no nonsense character, who jostled people along in his bluff sort of way. I think he was mostly a bored bully, and could intimidate people and put them on the back foot by his so called jokes and antics. No one was going to gainsay him, so he could just get away with making people uncomfortable and fearful. Then everybody would just pass it off as him just being Philip and make excuses for him. I’ve come across characters like that in my life, and it does take a strong character to stand up to them. Phil had everything going in his favour, and so I’m not too sure that we should go over the top in our accolades for him. It would have been a failing if he hadn’t achieved so much, since so much was given to him for free.


I’ve heard a lot of racist comments from Irish people over the years and it was never pretending to be funny. The Irish seems to say Jesus and the F word a lot, how are they going to go to Heaven with those foul mouths?


Do not worry. We Irish are Saints and Scholars so our entry into heaven is f💀👺£ing assured- even if they kick with the other foot. Anything else I can help you with.


The answer to your question was ‘Yes’. We all have faults and those suggested in the article from The Insider are largely crass. Serious acts of racial prejudice or discrimination – no. Errors, probably without any advice at any time – yes.


Sarah Vine (ie Mrs Michael Gove) in the Daily Mail said that Prince Philip was a proper man, secure in his masculinity, unlike today’s soy boys, snowflakes, emasculated he-feminists and homosexuals.


I have never heard of a “soy boy”, Bp Pat. Apparently, a male who lacks any masculinity what so ever. The +Aul Doll comes to mind — a soy doll.


A lovely Divine Mercy Sunday morning. A reminder to all of us that God’s mercy is boundless. He is our final arbiter of justice. Tempting as it is to quickly judge and write people off because of their sins and wrongful deeds, perhaps we might reflect on mercy today…MERCY of GOD be in our hearts.


I prefer to use the title ‘Sunday within the Octave of Easter. ‘
The church didn’t need to wait for Sr Faustina and JPII to discover the mercy of God.
I also prefer not to use JP’s fourth set of mysteries of the rosary.


2.48: Not at all dudiculoys. A beautiful gospel reality…DIVINE MERCY…you need it…


Good. The real headline is how the safeguarding team approached a complainant (see responses for this), making themselves out to be the goodies. It’s exactly like the cathbots on here whinging that they’re being oppressed when they get the slightest criticism or it is suggested their criminals should be treated as such.


“… The Catholic Archdiocese of Westminster. The disgraceful behaviour of their so-called safeguarding team was hugely retraumatising and they also breached her confidentiality.”
My heart goes out to this poor lady, it sounds as though she must have encountered a registered U.K. social worker – the same treatment the ex-seminarian here in Liverpool, no doubt? No?
We can be glad she will never get the chance to it again, ever. Because the law says so, so it does .


🌞 The sun is cracking the flags here in the North West - the forecast says there is to be wholesome weather, in most areas... this little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine... x 🌞says:

Bored on a Sunday morning, so just listening to random music tracks, can’t wait for the Summer sunshine to shine its glorious rays of light into the dark corners and dispel the coldness and hardness of the Winter gloom 🌞


2.38: A very trite, silly, vacuous comment. Just simply ignorant. The message is what matters, not the collar. Get a brain.


The historian Robert Lacey said the Duke had a “late-life religious awakening” and made several private trips to Mount Athos in Greece. The monks are all queer there too, I understand, Bp Pat. The time you had a visit there, I think.


Of his daughter, Anne, the late Duke said, “If it doesn’t fart or eat hay, she isn’t interested.”

I wonder what his verdict would be, for example, on the +Aul Doll or Kitty Kirby?


Hi Bishop Buckley,
Unlike many of your contributors I not only knew Prince Philip I actually worked for him.
I am a catholic from a nationalist background and believe it or not there are quite a few from our background in service with the Royal Family.
Firstly I am pleased at the dearth of negative comments on here about him. I think whether you like the monarchy or not there is an appreciation that he worked hard at his position well into his 90’s. No mean feat believe me!
Although often gruff and straight to the point he didn’t suffer fools gladly and called a spade a spade.
But behind all that I detected a man who was grateful that from a very difficult beginning he landed on his feet and tried hard to help young people achieve a better understanding of serving their community and contributing in a positive way particularly through the DoE Awards and also the Assoc of Boys Club to name but two.
Surprisingly he was interested in our conflict here and spoke with me a number of times and tried to understand things from a catholic and nationalist perspective.
Although I was an employee I had lots of “ face time’ with him. Face time is what those in court service called time spent in the actual presence of senior members of the family.
I well remember a good 15 minute chat with him over the prospects arising from the Good Friday Agreement. He struck me as a man who was deeply interested and I supposed having suffered the loss of Uncle Dickie in Sligo there was a deep personal longing for peace.
I have long since retired but I can honestly say that I found him to be an excellent boss. Indeed many of those who worked for him have stayed for years. That speak volumes.
I know many of your readers will have deep seated and sincerely held views but I can only speak as I found.
May he rest in peace.


Thank you, Frogmore Freddie. I was a Ministry of Defence civil servant in Northern Ireland and London. Many military people told me that the armed forces, especially the junior ranks, loved him and thought he was funny, encouraging and, contrary to his public image, kind.


On this first Sunday after Easter it has been a pleasure to hear from you and Frogmore Frankie (not Frogmore Freddie) saying nice things and telling the truth. Your comments bring much needed smiles to those of us who have been shielding for some time during this pandemic.
Gsrngad Lad


Thank you for that. The best reasoned and fair minded post ever on this blog. It took great humility and courage from the Duke of Edinburgh to shake hands with a representative of the ira. The ira that killed his uncle Mountbatten in the republic of Ireland. The only father he ever knew. He had a very cruel childhood.
Some people (even on this blog) have nothing nice to say about the dead. I believe he was a role model.
May he rest in peace.
Garngad Lad


A good caring, faithful, humble and noble man.
Give great service to others while making millions from it. I’m no royalist but do respect and admire their troubled history.


The biggest thing going on in Westminster is Pope Francis is working on a successor to Vinnie Nichols.
Poor Vinnie does not know what to call it a day however the Papal Nuncio is working on it now.
The skeleton Archbishops and Bishop do not want to rock the boat in case they get passed by for Westminster.


PS I am not a Royalist or a Romanist – I am simply a realist x
That which is evil, is evil – that which is good, is good.


Nicholas Hudson auxiliary bishop of Westminster would be good. He was the Rector pf the VEC and a Cambridge graduate. Speaks French and a Italian fluently. No scandals about him. Liberal minded.


We don’t need any more liberal-minded bishops. The Church in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and France is full of lib bishops and the Church is kaput in those lands.


5.57pm. Hudson would be useless as Westminster. Such a drip. Some priests might look to being incardinated to another diocese if he became Archbishop. Why not Wilson? He’s got balls.


Why transfer Wilson across the River? Leave him be. Why does the red hat have to go to Westminster? It has alternated between Glasgow and Edinburgh.


I’ve often thought what a strange life it must be, marrying into the royal family.
The Queen seems to have a sincere Christian faith. I hope it comforts her.


The Queen is an English Catholic. She is head of the English Church of England which is both reformed and Catholic. It is not Protestant.



This was what happened in her coronation.

death of The Duke of Edinburgh.
The British Monarchy
The Queen’s Coronation Oath, 1953
Published 2 June 1953
The things which I have here before promised, I will perform and keep. So help me God.

Her Majesty The Queen
In the Coronation ceremony of 2 June 1953, one of the highlights was when The Queen made her Coronation Oath (taken from the Order of Service for the Coronation).

The Queen having returned to her Chair, (her Majesty having already on Tuesday, the 4th day of November, 1952, in the presence of the two Houses of Parliament, made and signed the Declaration prescribed by Act of Parliament), the Archbishop standing before her shall administer the Coronation Oath, first asking the Queen,

Madam, is your Majesty willing to take the Oath?

And the Queen answering,

I am willing.

The Archbishop shall minister these questions; and The Queen, having a book in her hands, shall answer each question severally as follows:

Archbishop. Will you solemnly promise and swear to govern the Peoples of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Union of South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon, and of your Possessions and the other Territories to any of them belonging or pertaining, according to their respective laws and customs?

Queen. I solemnly promise so to do.

Archbishop. Will you to your power cause Law and Justice, in Mercy, to be executed in all your judgements?

Queen. I will.

Archbishop. Will you to the utmost of your power maintain the Laws of God and the true profession of the Gospel? Will you to the utmost of your power maintain in the United Kingdom the Protestant Reformed Religion established by law? Will you maintain and preserve inviolably the settlement of the Church of England, and the doctrine, worship, discipline, and government thereof, as by law established in England? And will you preserve unto the Bishops and Clergy of England, and to the Churches there committed to their charge, all such rights and privileges, as by law do or shall appertain to them or any of them?

Queen. All this I promise to do.

So in her own promise she is a protestant.


Egg on your face, 11.07.

Brenda is as Protestant as the late Ian Paisley, though her Protestantism finds expression in the decidedly unCatholic low-church wing of the farcically mistitled Church of England, rather than the Free Pees.


Who Hath Believed our Report – by Henry Purcell – album: The King’s Consort – Hyperion Records.
“Who hath believed our report…?” “…He was despised and rejected by men and he bore our iniquities…”


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