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The Duke of Edinburgh

New Years Gaffe: Prince Philip spots a man with a beard and shouts: “Is that a terrorist?”

The Duke of Edinburgh has ended 2017 with one of his infamous gaffes after he left a crowd of wellwishers stunned when he asked if one of them was a terrorist.

On his way to church at Sandringham, Prince Philip spotted a man with a long ginger beard. He then pointed at the man and shouted: “Is that a terrorist?”

According to the Telegraph, an onlooker said: “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. I think Philip knew he was going to be overheard.

The Duke retired from official duties earlier in 2017, and now only makes rare appearances in public.

We can be sure, however, that on the few public appearances he does make in the years to come, they will make it into the newspapers for all the wrong reasons.