Prince Philip Commits His Own Violasian of Protocol

April 2nd, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Every news outlet is talking about how Michelle Obama violated protocol Wednesday by–horrors!–touching Queen Elizabeth on the shoulder, thereby assuming familiarity and–horrors!parity, but not enough people are talking about what the Queen’s husband, Prince Philip, said to President Obama when the two couples met for the first time.

After Obama detailed who he had met with that day, saying, “I had breakfast with the Prime Minister, I had meetings with the Chinese, the Russians, David Cameron… And I’m proud to say I did not nod off in one of the meetings,” Prince Philip dusted off the funny.

“Can you tell the difference between them?” he said, laughing.

Speaking of making an ass out of u and me, I’m assuming that Prince Philip is not talking about being able to tell the difference between the Chinese, the Russians, and the leader of the Conservative Party in England. And that Philip, who in 1986 jokingly warned British students in China, “If you stay here much longer you’ll all be slitty-eyed,” thought he was being humourous with a “u.” I’m assuming that this is where his grandson Prince Harry gets his cultural sensitivity and ideas of “protocol,” and I’m also assuming that Prince Philip is a royal doucherag.

Thanks, Livia!

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