Gaffe-prone Prince Philip jokes Birmingham accent is not English

Duke of Edinburgh has yet another foot-in-mouth moment during a visit to the city

Heather Saul
Saturday 21 November 2015 18:28 GMT
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Prince Philip proved himself to be one of the most gaffe prone members of the royal family once again on Friday by joking that a Birmingham accent is not English.

The Duke of Edinburgh was attending the unveiling of the refurbished New Street Station when he made the quip about the Birmingham accent.

According to the Birmingham Mail, the 94-year-old asked a train announcer if she spoke with the accent while reading out train times. When she said no, he reportedly responded: “I suppose you’ve got to announce in an English accent so everyone can understand you.”

Prince Philip has a habit of making questionable jokes during public appearances. In July, he raised eyebrows by reportedly asking a group of women who they “sponge off” while visiting a London community centre.

In the same month, he was also filmed losing his patience with a cameraman and shouting “just take the f**king picture” during a photocall with war veterans.

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