Prince Philip: Wise Words and Golden Gaffes


Phil Dampier & Ashley Walton
illustrations by Richard Jolley


His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh: irascible, controversial, outspoken, forthright and funny; the Gaffer, the Prince of Political Incorrectness, the Duke of Hazard, Phil the Greek. Whatever you call him – and he doesn’t give a damn – you’ve got to love him…


The ePub and Kindle versions are available HERE


His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh: irascible, controversial, outspoken, forthright and funny; the Gaffer, the Prince of Political Incorrectness, the Duke of Hazard, Phil the Greek. Whatever you call him – and he doesn’t give a damn – you’ve got to love him! Now in his nineties, on he goes – undaunted, unrepentant and, if less active, just as amusing.


This compilation is a celebration of the wit and wisdom of a man whose unique style, down-to-earth humour and no-nonsense approach have brought colour into our lives. With delicious disregard for public opinion, his quips and faux pas have provided fodder for cartoonists and columnists for decades, and his one-liners are globally famous. But less well known, perhaps, is his perception about the state of the world we inhabit and his thoughtfulness about the lives we live.


Prince Philip: Wise Words and Golden Gaffes is a collection of quips, quotes and comments from our beloved British institution, Prince Philip: his latest remarks on the events of 2012 and corkers from years gone by, as well as his more thoughtful opinions. With everything from frustrated beards and bloody great mechanical copulators to a bit of French bashing (and that ghastly place Stoke), it will have you holding your sides.


Phil Dampier and Ashley Walton, seasoned court reporters who have both followed and written about the royal family for decades, present an affectionate portrait of an extraordinary figure who is in many ways ahead of his time.


Illustrated by the popular cartoonist Richard Jolley, chapters include: The Prince of Political Incorrectness; Blasted Birds and Bloody Bunny Huggers; Media Monkeys; A Sporting Life; On Himself and His Family – Royal Reflections; The Commander: Splice the Mainbrace!


Book specifications:
Print ISBN: 978-0-9573792-2-0
ePub ISBN: 978-0-9573792-3-7
200 x 148 mm Portrait
112 pp Softback
Publication: December 2012


The ePub and Kindle versions are available HERE

Additional information

Weight 0.10 kg


  1. Prince Philip has never been one to mince his words.
    Though he has often managed to make mincemeat of certain situations through his choice of them.

    Now his best gaffes, blunders, linguistic faux pas and eyebrow-raisers have been chronicled in a new book, entitled (helpfully) Prince Philip: Wise Words And Golden Gaffes.

    So we are reminded of how the Duke told a one-legged man he could ‘smuggle a bottle of gin out of the country in that artificial foot’; asked the Samaritans volunteer if he had ever attempted suicide; and said an exhibition of Ethiopian art looked like ‘the kind of thing my daughter would bring back from school art lessons”.

    Composed by two royal correspondents, Phil Dampier – who has been writing about The Family for 26 years – and Ashley Walton – formerly of the Daily Express – the book also features illustrations by Richard Jolley, a cartoonist whose work appears in the Mail On Sunday, Private Eye and The Spectator.
    Of the Queen’s husband, now 91, the writers say: ‘He can be controversial, irascible, and sometimes downright rude. But would we have it any other way?’

    Read the full Daily Mail article here:

  2. THE Queen and Prince Philip celebrate their 65th anniversary tomorrow and if the Duke of Edinburgh follows tradition he will buy his wife a blue sapphire.
    Quite what Philip will receive is open to debate but on the eve of the anniversary, two seasoned royal watchers offer him a gift in the form of a new collection of his sometimes wise and occasionally not so wise sayings.

    Fleet Street veteran Phil Dampier, who has been writing about the Royal Family for 26 years, and Ashley Walton, royal correspondent of the Daily Express from 1979 to 1992, have compiled Prince Philip: Wise Words and Golden Gaffes a new collection of his one-liners to follow up their best-selling book Duke of Hazard: The Wit and Wisdom of Prince Philip.

    The £8.99 book, published today, portrays Philip in a slightly more flattering light than their first one. “I think the Duke comes across as a much more complex and thoughtful character in this book, as we’ve got a lot of his wisdom as well as some of his infamous so-called gaffes,” said Phil.

    His co-author added: “Despite his three hospital visits in the last year or so, the Prince remains on top form and has been dishing it out as usual, despite now being 91.

    “He is a national treasure and I think the public now holds him in possibly more affection than ever before. They love his straight-talking and the fact that he is not tied down by political correctness.”

    There has never been much danger of that. Only a month after his 85th birthday, Philip told a student who had been working in Romania: “There’s so many of those orphanages over there you feel they breed them just to put them in orphanages.”

    Occasionally it backfires but usually his comments are intended to provoke a lively discussion or just a good laugh.


On a walkabout in Bromley, Kent,  earlier this year he spotted 90-year-old Barbara Dubery sitting in a wheelchair, wrapped in a foil blanket to fend off the cold. “Are they going to put you in the oven next?” asked Philip.

    Tributes to the Queen and Philip from MPs in her Diamond Jubilee have produced some good material.  Earlier this year it emerged that when Stoke-on-Trent North MP Joan Walley told Philip at a reception which city she represented, the Duke’s reply was: “Ghastly place, isn’t it?”

    After glancing at business chief Atul Patel’s name badge during a 2009 Palace reception for 400 influential British Indians he remarked: “There’s a lot of your family in tonight.”


In Hull in the same year he met victims of bad floods, including many who had lost their homes. Bidding farewell to the city council leader Carl Minns, he is alleged to have said: “Keep your head above water.”

    There are tales of incredible rudeness in the face of polite but admittedly sometimes stupid questions from people trying to be polite. An official at a Canadian airport, for example, asked him: “What was your flight like Your Royal Highness?”


Philip asked: “Have you ever flown in a plane?” The official replied: “Oh yes, Sir, many times.”

    “Well, it was just like that,” the Duke responded witheringly.

    Then at other times, he can be unorthodox and kind. The authors recount how when one butler Lynwood Westray mistakenly called him Your Majesty and offered him a drink at a 1979 White House reception hosted by President Jimmy Carter, Philip replied: “I’ll take one if you let me serve you. He then spent the next 15 minutes having a drink and a chat with Lynwood and another butler.


All in all, the impression Philip gives is that he would much rather have had a lifetime career in the Royal Navy but out of a sense of duty has devoted the last 60 years to supporting his wife.

    At a 2006 Palace reception honouring Australians, Philip met Joe Kerr, husband of Gill Hicks, who lost both legs in the July 2005 London bombings.

    “You’re not Australian!” said Philip. “No, actually I’m not important, I’m just here because of my wife,” said Joe.

”Tell me about it,” said Philip, walking off chuckling to himself.

    Read the full article here:

  3. In the 65 years since he married the Queen, Prince Philip has built a reputation for his caustic wit and politically incorrect gaffes.

    And he remained true to form at last night’s Royal Variety Performance at the Royal Albert Hall. The Duke, 91, was seen putting his fingers in his ears during a song by American Alicia Keys, making clear what he thought of her.

    Teen favourites One Direction, Girls Aloud, Rod Stewart and Britain’s Got Talent winners Ashleigh Butler and her dancing dog Pudsey were among the other acts who performed at the 100th variety show.

    But when asked after the show what his favourite act had been, he said: “All of them … but to be honest we’re both stone deaf.”

    The Prince’s forthright verdict on modern pop stars comes before publication of a book that catalogues his recent foot-in-mouth moments, from asking Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt “Who are you?” to enquiring whether the disabled mayor of Waltham Forest had “run over anybody” in his mobility scooter.

    Authors Phil Dampier and Ashley Walton say they also hope to show how the Duke of Edinburgh has often been ahead of his time on subjects from conservation to religion and the media.
    Their first book Duke of Hazard, published in 2006 to mark Philip’s 85th birthday, became a bestseller. One-liners ranged from Philip’s warning that a British student would develop “slitty eyes” if he stayed in China, to asking a Scottish driving instructor how he managed to “keep the natives off the booze” long enough to pass their driving test.

    The veteran royal correspondents have now published Prince Philip: Wise Words and Golden Gaffes to mark today’s 65th wedding anniversary.

    Mr Dampier said: “The Duke comes across as a much more complex and thoughtful character in this book as we’ve got a lot of his wisdom too. It’s not just slitty eyes and pot bellies. It’s showing him in a bit more of a rounded light with more philosophical stuff — on organic farming, religion and the Queen. It’s not just one-line insults.”

    Mr Dampier said his favourite remark was in Ghana in 1999, when the Duke asked how many MPs it had. Told 200, he replied: “That’s about the right number. We have 650 and most of them are a complete bloody waste of time.”

    Mr Dampier said: “I love his contempt for politicians.”

    In Bromley in May, the Prince saw Barbara Dubery, 90, in a wheelchair, wrapped in a foil blanket to fend off the cold, and asked her: “Are they going to put you in the oven next?” Mr Dampier said the book was inspired by “affection for a national treasure”.

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