The Duke of Edinburgh has had to pull out of an official engagement in Italy because of a cold, which manifests itself as an unexpected bout of 'racist tics'
The Duke was due to be attending a meeting of an environmental organisation which brings together people of many different religions. However, it seems just the thought of 'tree huggers' mixing in such a multicultural environment was enough to bring back Prince Phillip's 'racist tourettes'.
The royal doctor told us "the illness has been kept under control with medication, and was even suppressed during a recent trip to Australia. Whilst there, he only referred to his hosts as 'convicts ' twice."
The problems began whilst going through the day's itinerary, it was explained to the Prince that he would be attending a meeting, in Italy, with people from different countries, and of different religions. It is believed that it was this point when he started shaking uncontrollably and foaming at the mouth.
A source within the palace told us "it was as he fell to the floor he started reciting his way through his racist monologue"
"In the space of 5 minutes he managed to use the 'N' word 32 times, said a prayer to Saint Alf Garnet, and demanded the detention of 'all people with Muslim sounding names'. The Queen had to call Barrack Obama personally to apologise for the voicemail left on his mobile. "
An official at the palace told us, "we have decided to cancel the trip to help avoid any embarrassing situations, or declarations of war, but after some rest, the Duke of Edinburgh will be fulfilling the rest of his engagements this week".
"Getting out and meeting people is a form of therapy for his racist tourettes and takes his mind of his prejudices" he continued, "so the scheduled lunch with England Captain John Terry will be a welcome distraction"