Prince Philip; Duke of Edinbrugh. Picture: Getty
Prince Philip; Duke of Edinbrugh. Picture: Getty

Prince Philip points at bearded man: 'Is that a terrorist?'

THE gaffe-prone Duke of Edinburgh has stoked a new controversy by pointing at a man with a beard and asking "Is that a terrorist?"

The 96 year-old royal, who retired from public duties in 2017, is said to have made the comment while talking to Princess Anne as members of the family progressed to a New Year's Eve service at St Mary Magdalene church, near the Queen's Sandringham home.

The Queen and Prince Philip recently celebrated 70 years of marriage.
The Queen and Prince Philip recently celebrated 70 years of marriage.

According to one onlooker, Prince Philip spotted a tall man with a long ginger beard in the crowd, pointed at him and made the questionable remark.

"Philip was wishing lots of people a Happy New Year and then he spotted this guy with his distinctive beard," the onlooker said.

"He pointed at him in a funny way and turned to one of his royal bodyguards, saying: "Is that a terrorist?"

"He was obviously having a little joke, but he said it within earshot of the man who burst out laughing and appeared to find the whole thing hilarious. I think Philip knew he was going to be overheard. I'm sure Philip didn't mean any harm."

The Queen was leading a procession which included his daughter, Anne, her husband Sir Timothy Laurence and Prince Edward. The Queen, dressed in green and back, arrived separately accompanied by Sophie, Countess of Wessex, in a maroon chauffeur-driven car.

The Duke has a history of making off colour comments in his career at the Queen's side. He once said to Australian Aborigines during a visit to Australia: "Do you still throw spears at each other?" and on another occasion, while touring a factory Edinburgh said a fuse box was so crude it "looked as though it had been put in by an Indian".

Buckingham Palace has refused to comment on the "joke".



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