Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip arriving at Guangzhou Airport in China in 1986. Photo: SCMP Pictures
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip arriving at Guangzhou Airport in China in 1986. Photo: SCMP Pictures
Royalty

The real story behind Prince Philip’s infamous ‘slitty-eyed’ remark during 1986 China visit

  • Philip told British students they risked going ‘slitty-eyed’ if they stayed in China, referencing the Chinese saying that youngsters who stay too long in the West may go ‘round-eyed’
  • His quip caused a furore in the UK but not in China. British headlines included ‘Philip gets it all Wong’ and ‘The Great Wally of China’

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip arriving at Guangzhou Airport in China in 1986. Photo: SCMP Pictures
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip arriving at Guangzhou Airport in China in 1986. Photo: SCMP Pictures
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