PRINCE EDWARD has upset someone in Australia after suggesting that the death of a boy during a Duke of Edinburgh Award exercise had made the scheme more popular. Rubbish of course, no-one can be upset by his entirely sensible opinion. Boys love risk and a hint of danger, it’s nature’s way.
No, for a real gaffe we must go to the Gaffmeister General himself, Edward’s old man the Duke of Edinburgh.
Informing British students in China that if they stayed there much longer “they’d all be slitty eyed” is a gaffe; asking of a blind woman, “Do you know they have eating dogs for the anorexic now?” is a gaffe; telling the President of Nigeria, clad in traditional robes, “You look like you’re ready for bed” is a gaffe; enquiring of a student who’d been trekking in Papua New Guinea, “You managed not to get eaten, then?” is a gaffe, and asking a Jock driving instructor, “How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to get them through the test?” is a … erm, fair question really.
Don’t try it Eddie, against your imperious father you’ll only be an amateur.