Saturday 21 January 2017

A very princely question for a stout fellow

Published 19/05/2011 | 05:00

NOT quite in the league of his infamous gaffes about British students "turning slitty-eyed" in China, or telling the president of Nigeria that he looked "ready for bed", but one for the annals all the same.

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Having managed to bite his tongue so far on his Irish sojourn, Prince Philip yesterday threw caution to the wind and made the cultural oopsie-daisy of questioning the origins of the Black Stuff.

"Is it made of Liffey water?" he asked with curiosity of Guinness, no doubt with visions of the murky and muddy depths he had just whizzed past on his way to the St James's Gate brewery.

"It was a throwaway remark made as part of the banter at the bar between Philip and the master brewer," assured a Guinness spokesperson afterwards. No offence taken.

Irish Independent

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