Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The Duke of Edinburgh told a Filipino nurse her country must be "half empty," because so many of her compatriots have come to the UK. Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, made the remark during a visit to Luton and Dunstable Hospital where he unveiled a cardiac center. "The Philippines must be half empty -- you're all here running the NHS," the prince told the nurse.
During a state visit to China in 1986, Philip told a group of British students: "If you stay here much longer, you'll all be slitty-eyed." In 1994, he asked an islander in the Cayman Islands: "Aren't most of you descended from pirates?" Four years later, speaking to a student who had been trekking in Papua New Guinea, he said, "You managed not to get eaten, then?"
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