The legacy of Prince Phillip

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Prince Phillip had a storied past that isn’t all sunshine and roses.

On the morning of Friday, April 9th, 2021, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Phillip passed away at the age of 99. To many it was a sad day, seeing such an important member of the monarchy pass away. However, to many others, his death doesn’t hold that same form of tragedy, because the true legacy of Prince Phillip isn’t one that is completely positive and great, but one that must truly be looked at through a critical lens.

To start, Prince Phillip, was notoriously racist throughout his life, and there were many public appearances in which he said some abhorrently racist comments in the public eye. According to Al Jazzerra, such comments include “If you all stay here much longer you’ll all be slitty-eyed” in reference to British students in China during a royal visit there; “How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to pass the test?” in reference to a Scottish driving instructor; and asked an Aboriginal Australian “Still throwing spears?” And these comments here just scratch the surface. There are many more comments in which Prince Phillip would berate minorities and make jokes at their expense. Given the recent comments from Megan Markle about racism in the royal family, Prince Phillip’s words and jokes really just add more truth to them. 

Another show of Prince Phillips’s character was his car crash back in 2019. According to CNN, when the Prince sent his apology he blamed the sun in his eyes for the crash instead of his driving. To add to this, just 48 hours before this crash, the Prince was spotted by the press driving around without a seatbelt, showing his carelessness on the road. And finally, to add insult to injury, according to the Southwest Londoner, the Crown Prosecution Service never pursued charging the Prince and the most punishment the Prince got was voluntarily giving up his license. This situation showed how blatantly the Prince didn’t care about his actions and how he was above the law.

Princes Phillips’s legacy can undoubtedly be called a rather mixed legacy, and as we look back on him as a person, we shouldn’t just put him up on a pedestal as the Queen’s husband, but take a look at the bad things he has done as well. Prince Phillip, like all other people, isn’t perfect, and like all others, it’s best we look at their legacy from a critical point of view, no matter their position in society.