Friday 22 September 2017

Philip in mother and father of a faux pas

Prince Philip during a visit to the Margaret Pyke Centre
Prince Philip during a visit to the Margaret Pyke Centre

Kate Ferguson

PRINCE Charles wasn't the only royal in hot water yesterday. His father Prince Philip bounced back after undergoing a minor procedure on his right hand by quipping with staff at a family planning centre "at least you are all legitimate".

Philip made the joke as he opened the new Margaret Pyke Centre in King's Cross, central London, yesterday.

Mike Waddington, the communications chief for Central and North West London (CNWL) NHS Foundation Trust which operates the clinic, said staff were left in fits of giggles after the one-liner.

Asked about the quip, he said: "Yes he did say that, but it was all very, very good natured.

"It came just after the speech about the association. The Prince got a big round of applause and his response was to say that joke, and he got another laugh with that."

The Duke was in high spirits despite having undergone a "minor procedure" performed at Buckingham Palace the day before which left him sporting a bandage.

It is the third time Philip (92), famed for his sense of humour, has opened the centre in its 45-year history.

He also unveiled a plaque at the clinic, which has just moved into a newly revamped building and provides sexual and reproductive healthcare for visitors who come from 130 towns across the country.

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