Prince Philip: Nigel Farage recalls meeting royal
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Nigel Farage met the Queen and Prince Philip at a drinks reception at Buckingham Palace just months after he was first elected as an MEP. Speaking to Fox News, the former Brexit Party leader recounted the Prince Philip’s hilarious quip about the EU during their brief meeting 21 years ago. Mr Farage praised Prince Philip as an “incredible public servant” and said he “will never forget what he said to me in 2000”.
The former MEP told Fox News: “He was ever so good at teasing people.
“He was very good at saying things that weren’t politically correct.”
When the Fox News host suggested the pair “had a lot in common,” Mr Farage recalled their meeting.
He said: “I’ll tell you a story. The monarchy has to be above politics, and that’s very important.”
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Mr Farage continued: “I was invited to Buckingham Palace for a drinks reception in 2000.
“A few months before, I had been elected as an MEP. There were 30 of us invited to the drinks party.
“You line up and you are introduced to the Queen, and you bow and so on.
“And I was introduced to the Duke of Edinburgh, he said to me, ‘You’re that MEP chap, aren’t you?
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“I told him, even though I am a member of the European Parliament, I am not a fan of the European Union institutions.
“He looked at me and said ‘Hm, I quite understand!’
“That summed up Philip. He played within the rules. Duty is the word that is carved throughout his career.”
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Following the announcement of Prince Philip’s death earlier today, Mr Farage paid tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh, saying his passing was “extremely sad”.
The Duke of Edinburgh retired from public life in 2017, having spent more than seven decades supporting the Queen as her consort.
Mr Farage also suggested that the death will see a resurgence in popularity for the monarchy.
He told Fox News: “When people see the tributes pouring in from all over the world, especially from our Commonwealth, which the Queen is the head of and which Philip played such a big role in, people will realise what a big deal the British monarchy is.”
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