Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 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

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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