Prince Philip '˜asked if bearded man was terrorist'

The Duke of Edinburgh pointed out a bearded man and asked 'is that a terrorist?' as he greeted crowds at Sandringham, it has been claimed.

Prince Philip pictured earlier this month. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Prince Philip pictured earlier this month. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

The 96-year-old was attending St Magdalene Church on New Year’s Eve accompanied by the Princess Royal, when it is reported he made the comment as he joked with onlookers.

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Witnesses who claimed to have heard the comment said the man had a ginger beard, The Sun and the Mail Online reported.

The Duke traditionally marks the festive period with the Queen at her Sandringham estate in Norfolk, attending a church service on Christmas morning and New Year’s Eve with the royal family.

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Philip, who retired in August, is notorious for making controversial comments.

The royal once famously asked a group of Aboriginal Australians during a visit in 2002: “Do you still throw spears at each other?”

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He also once asked a disabled 60-year-old man on a mobility scooter: “How many people have you knocked over this morning on that thing?”

Buckingham Palace declined to comment.