Sunday, December 31, 2017
The Queen of England’s husband, Prince Philip, was at the center of a fresh row today after he allegedly joked that a bearded man among the crowds at Sandringham church might be “a terrorist.” Prince Philip, who is 96, plunged the family into controversy just days after Princess Michael of Kent was accused of racism for wearing a piece of Victorian jewelry depicting a crude caricature of a black person. She wore the brooch to a party at which Meghan Markle, Prince Harry’s fiance and the soon-to-be first non-white person to marry into the royal family, was present. Philip is said to have made the remark as he led a procession of royals and guests on a walk to the morning service at St Mary Magdalene church, when he spotted a white man sporting a long ginger beard. An onlooker in the crowd quoted in British media said: “Philip was wishing lots of people a Happy New Year and then he spotted this guy with his distinctive beard. He pointed at him in a funny way and turned to one of his Royal bodyguards, saying: 'Is that a terrorist?’” Philip once told a group of British students in China: “If you stay here much longer, you’ll all be slitty-eyed.”
I'm sure the guy with the beard was not offended. The brooch, however, seems deliberately provocative, as they so often are.