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Prince Philip’s ‘deadly virus’ gaffe


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In the United States of America, no matter what situation occurs, it is said there is always a tweet for every occasion when scrolling through President Trump’s social media platforms.

In the United Kingdom, no matter what situation occurs, there is usually a comment or gaffe made by the Duke of Edinburgh to match the occasion.

The current coronavirus outbreak is no exception, with a remark Prince Phillip made back in 1988 resurfacing.

32 years ago, the Queen’s husband spoke on the topic of reincarnation, and what he would come back as if such a thing existed.

He said: “In the event that I am reincarnated, I would like to return as a deadly virus, to contribute something to solving overpopulation.”

The Duke made the remarks when speaking to when speaking to German news agency Deutsche Press Agentur.

Prince Philip retired from all public duties in 2017, and now spends most of his time at Sandringham.

The Duke has made a number of gaffes during his many decades of public service. A few of his most controversial are copied below:

Scotland

Speaking to a Scottish driving instructor in 1995, Prince Philip asked: “How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to pass the test?”

Bangladesh

“So who’s on drugs here? He looks as if he’s on drugs” As he pointed to a 14-year-old member of a Bangladeshi youth club.

Nigeria

Speaking to the President of Nigeria in 2003, the Duke said: “You look like you’re ready for bed.” The President was wearing his national dress at the time.

Kenya

“You are a woman aren’t you?” after accepting a gift from a woman in Kenya back in 1984.

China

Probably the most famous gaffe the Queen’s husband has ever made. After speaking to a British student during a state visit to China on 1986, he said: “If you stay here much longer, you will go home with slitty eyes.”