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Philip Anger

Prince in trouble again.

”I didn’t mean to offend him. Maybe he was a bit tired,” said gardener Jamie Durie after a minor incident with Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth’s husband. Prince Philip was attending the Chelsea Flower Show. He stopped in front of a display of Macrozamia moorei, a tree which is native to Queensland, Australia. The prince complimented Durie on his display, but mistakenly referred to it as a “tree fern”. “I corrected the prince, but he took offence and walked off muttering to himself," Durie explained. One witness heard the prince say, “I didn’t come here to get a lesson.” Australian Durie said that it was his first experience of the surly prince. He said that he didn’t actually hear the comment but added that he was a bit shocked when he heard about it afterwards. Prince Phillip is well-known for his offensive remarks. He once asked a Scottish driving instructor, “How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to get them through the test?” Many people think that he’s deliberately offensive, but others defend him, claiming that he has an ironic sense of humour.

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