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Wed Aug 11 12:06:02 PDT 1999

Prince Roasted For Racist Gaffe

Updated 2:29 PM ET August 11, 1999

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Prince Philip was lambasted

Wednesday as a "daft old man" who should withdraw from public life

after he added to a long string of gaffes with an insulting joke about


The Mirror tabloid said the prince, husband of Queen Elizabeth, should

"stop making public appearances and retire to the hunting, shooting

and fishing set where his racist, sexist views would be better


The Greek-born prince's latest slip of the tongue came Tuesday as he

toured a high-tech company near Edinburgh in Scotland and noticed a

poorly wired fuse box.

"It looks as though it was put in by an Indian," he remarked to the

factory manager.

The prince, who is also the Duke of Edinburgh, is legendary for

putting both feet in his mouth with remarks that have managed to

offend the deaf, Hungarians, Chinese and Scots, among others.

Buckingham Palace issued a rare apology for his latest indiscretion but

that did little to appease members of the Indian community, racism

watchdogs and editorial writers.

"There's something basically wrong with the family who live up The

Mall (site of the palace)," the Sun tabloid said.

"It would be hard to think of a remark more likely to offend one of the

most hard-working sections of our community. But what would the

free-loading prince know about work?"

The Mirror said Prince Philip's remarks showed him to be "an

insensitive and insulting person who doesn't seem to care what he says

or whom he upsets."

"Other families have daft old men who are a constant source of

embarrassment," it said. "But his more recent antics go beyond a


The upmarket Times bestowed the "Duke of Edinburgh award for

diplomacy" on the duke himself and ran a selection of his most

infamous gaffes under a photo of the prince with a "speak no evil"

hand over his mouth.

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