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‘Just b***dy stupid!’ Prince Philip in furious outburst at presents from grandchildren

Queen and Prince Philip ‘love when things go wrong’ says William

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Peter Phillips, the son of Princess Anne, recalled Prince Philip’s outbursts at technology. He said the Royal Family could hear the Duke of Edinburgh in his office shouting at his computer or printer. During the BBC’s Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers, Mr Phillips said: “I have memories of him getting a new laptop or a new printer sitting in his office and hearing him shouting at it from the breakfast room as he couldn’t get it to work.

“He loved technology, he loved gadgets but it was always quite entertaining watching him trying to figure things out.”

Ms Tindall added: “We would always try and find him new gadgets for presents.”

Peter recalled a moment when Philip asked why is it doing this!’, he told him that is what it was meant to do.

The Duke responded ‘well, that’s just bloody stupid’.

Both William and the Duke of Sussex also separately told how the Queen and Philip would enjoy it if things went amiss on royal engagements, while the Prince of Wales said his father’s attempts to teach him carriage driving failed because Charles kept laughing hysterically.

William said Philip loved to play a game at family barbeques using a squeezy mustard tube.

The duke said: “He used to take the lid off and put it in your hands… and then he’d squish your hands together to fire the mustard onto the ceiling.”

He added: “He used to get in a lot of trouble from my grandmother for covering most of the places we had lunch and things with mustard on the ceiling.”

Queen and Prince Philip ‘love when things go wrong’ says William

Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall also told of the mustard escapades, with Zara saying: “I can’t remember exactly what he says but he ends up slamming your hands together… It goes all over the ceiling.”

Peter added: “I actually think the marks are still there.”

The siblings also spoke about how the Duke loved technology but would get frustrated with new gadgets.

“I just have memories of him getting a new laptop or a new printer, sitting in his office and hearing him shouting at it,” Peter said.

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Both William and Harry said the Queen and Philip looked forward to unexpected events while carrying out their official duties together over the decades.

William said: “My grandfather loved things when they go wrong.

“Both my grandparents love that because you can imagine, they’ve lived a life where everything has to go right the whole time and so when things go wrong, they both chuckle an awful lot.

“Everyone else gets mortally embarrassed. They love it.”

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