Ranvir Singh queries if Prince Philip’s ‘offensive’ humour ever made the Queen laugh

Ranvir Singh queries if Prince Philip’s ‘offensive’ humour ever made the Queen laugh


Prince Philip: Humour was 'a bit offensive' says Singh

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Ranvir Singh, 43, has branded Prince Philip’s sense of humour a “bit offensive” as she spoke to former royal butler Paul Burrell, while stepping in for Lorraine Kelly on her eponymous show today. The Good Morning Britain host was discussing what the late Duke Of Edinburgh was like, before weighing in on his divisive comments over the years.

Did he make her giggle?

Ranvir Singh

Speaking on the Queen and Prince Philip’s relationship, Ranvir asked Paul: “Did he make her laugh? That’s what we all wonder don’t we, because he was funny in his own ways, but sometimes a bit offensive. 

“Did he make her giggle?”

Paul, who is a former servant to the Royal Family and former butler to the late Princess Diana, answered: “Yes but she was always calm, he was the one who was off like a volcano. 

“I remember once I was in the sitting room, and the bedroom door was trying to open into the sitting room. The corgis were fast asleep like door stops and he couldn’t get through. 

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“He was cursing and shouting behind the door. He came through and said, ‘I don’t know why you have so many bl**dy dogs’.”

“She looked at him calmly and said, ‘But darling, they are so collectable’.”

Paul entered Royal Service at age 18 as a Buckingham Palace footman, becoming the Queen’s personal footman a year later.

In 1987, Paul joined the household of Prince Charles and Princess Diana at Highgrove House, Gloucestershire, acting as butler to her until her death in August 1997.

Philip, who died on Friday aged 99, had made a series of documented gaffes over the years, including saying “British women can’t cook” in 1966.

He also asked Sir Tom Jones: “What do you gargle with – pebbles?” after his 1969 Royal Variety Performance.

During the 1981 recession, the Duke is quoted as saying: “Everybody was saying we must have more leisure. Now they are complaining they are unemployed.”

“It looks like a tart’s bedroom,” Prince Philip remarked on seeing plans for the Duke and Duchess of York’s house at Sunninghill Park in 1988.

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“Yak, yak, yak; come on, get a move on,” the Duke shouted from the deck of the Royal Yacht Britannia in Belize in 1994 to the Queen who was chatting to her hosts on the quayside.

Prince Philip asked a driving instructor in Scotland during a 1995 walkabout: “How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to get them through the test?” 

“Deaf? If you are near there, no wonder you are deaf,” he said to young deaf people in Cardiff in 1999, referring to a school’s steel band.

“You are a woman, aren’t you?” Prince Philip queried on a trip to Kenya in 1984, after accepting a small gift from a local woman.

Prince Philip’s funeral will take place in Windsor on Saturday.

He is said to have wanted a funeral with “little fuss” and therefore will not be having a state funeral in line with his wishes.

The arrangements will be fully in line with government guidance and guests will be adhering to social distancing rules.

Coronavirus measures mean only 30 people will be allowed to attend, including his grandson, Prince Harry, who has flown in from America to attend.

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