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Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Z3PR, May 5, 2002.

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    LONDON (Reuters) -
    Prince Philip has put his
    foot in it again -- with a
    joke about dogs and
    anorexics.

    Queen Elizabeth's
    blunt-talking husband
    is renowned for gaffes
    that have caused
    blushes around the
    world from China to
    Australia.

    And he hit the
    headlines again on
    Friday for all the wrong
    reasons after
    accompanying the
    monarch on a round
    Britain tour to celebrate 50 years on the throne.

    Speaking to the blind Susan Edwards, wheelchair bound and
    accompanied by her guide dog, he remarked: "Do you know they
    have eating dogs for the anorexic now?"

    Asked for her reaction after their brief encounter outside Exeter
    Cathedral in western England on Thursday, Edwards said: "It
    sounds like he was saying something terrible -- but he was just
    making a joke."

    But Doreen Williams of the Anorexia and Bulimia Care
    organization was not amused. She called his comments "hurtful
    and unhelpful. I was quite stunned when I heard."

    Reporters covering Prince Philip on royal tours keep their ears
    pricked for blunt off-the-cuff quips that often turn into diplomatic
    incidents.

    Earlier this year on a trip to Australia, the prince asked
    Aborigines if they still threw spears at each other.

    On another trip to Australia in 1998, he asked a student who
    had just returned from a walking tour in Papua New Guinea:
    "You managed not to get eaten then?"

    But perhaps his most famous foreign faux pas came in China in
    1986. He told British students: "If you stay here much longer,
    you'll all be slitty-eyed."
     

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