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Friday 22 August 2014

Duke of Edinburgh cracks 'joke' about Filipinos

The Duke of Edinburgh made the hospital worker from the Philippines laugh with his comment during a visit to open a cardiac centre
The Duke of Edinburgh made the hospital worker from the Philippines laugh with his comment during a visit to open a cardiac centre
1. "If you stay here much longer, you will go home with slitty eyes."
To 21-year-old British student Simon Kerby during a visit to China in 1986.
90. "Well, that's more than you know about anything else then."
Speaking, a touch condescendingly, to Michael Buerk, after being told by the BBC newsreader that he did know about the Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Awards in 2004.

The Duke of Edinburgh has 'joked' about the number of Filipinos working in the NHS — telling a nurse her country must now be “half-empty”, it has been reported.

Philip (91), famed for his off-the-cuff remarks, apparently made the hospital worker from the Philippines laugh with his comment during a visit to open a cardiac centre.

BBC Online reported the Duke as saying to the unnamed woman: “The Philippines must be half-empty — you're all here running the NHS.”

Philip's remark came during a visit to Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, where he officially launched the multimillion-pound cardiac centre.

Philip had a stent fitted to clear a blockage in a coronary artery in December 2011 and when, during the visit, he was given a gold-plated stent, he quipped that he now had a spare.

The Duke is well-known for his outspoken comments and famously told British students during a 1986 state visit to China: “If you stay here much longer, you'll all be slitty-eyed.”

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