Prince Philip, the Queen of England’s 96-year-old husband, sparked controversy on Sunday, December 31st after making a joke about terrorism—a very sensitive subject in recent days.
According to The Guardian, Philip was attending a New Year’s Eve church service with his daughter at St. Mary Magdalene Church. While walking out and wishing several people a “Happy New Year,” Philip pointed at a bearded man in the crowd and jokingly asked, “Is that a terrorist?”
The witness stated, “The man appeared to be his with wife and child. Philip was wishing lots of people a happy new year and then he spotted this guy with his distinctive beard. He pointed at him in a funny way and turned to one of his royal bodyguards, saying: ‘Is that a terrorist?’”
“He was obviously having a little joke, but he said it within earshot of the man who burst out laughing and appeared to find the whole thing hilarious,” the anonymous source continued. “I think Philip knew he was going to be overheard.”
The Daily Beast also mentioned that this isn’t the first time Philip has been under major heat for a “racist” remark. He previously told a group of British students in China: “If you stay here much longer, you’ll all be slitty-eyed.”
This comes shortly after another member of the Royal family was under fire for their “racist action.” The Queen of England’s cousin wore an offensive brooch, that reportedly symbolized "fetishizing racial conquest," to a Royal event with Prince Harry’s biracial fiancee Meghan Markle.
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In other Royal family news, some of Meghan Markle’s family was “extremely hurt” by Prince Harry’s recent remarks.