From Prince Charles to Kate Middleton: The Most Hilarious Things the Royal Family Has Ever Said
The royal family has a reputation for staying reserved any time they’re in public. However, just because they’re following royal protocol doesn’t mean they can’t have a laugh from time to time. Over the years, the family has actually proven to have a great sense of humor.
From Prince Charles to Kate Middleton, these are the most hilarious things the royal family has ever said.
15. ‘You need it more than me’ — Kate Middleton
Prince William’s hairline may not be as thick as it used to be, but at least he doesn’t mind when his wife pokes fun about it. While in Wales, William and Middleton attended a shearing demonstration. Apparently, a farmer took a tuft of alpaca wool and showed it to the royal couple.
The farmer told reporters, “The prince was interested in the alpaca, and as I showed it to them, the princess said he should put it on his head. She said, ‘You need it more than me,’ and pointed to his head and he laughed.”
Next: The queen didn’t mind getting pelted with eggs.
14. ‘I myself prefer New Zealand eggs for breakfast’ — Queen Elizabeth
You might not know it by how reserved Queen Elizabeth stays in public, but she’s actually got a great sense of humor. When the royal party was once pelted with eggs in New Zealand by an anti-monarchy demonstrator, she didn’t take it too seriously.
She joked, “I myself prefer my New Zealand eggs for breakfast.”
Next: Charles isn’t the biggest fan of being photographed.
13. ‘I’m not very good at being a performing monkey’ — Prince Charles
Part of being in the royal family is getting your photo taken — and often. Charles just can’t get used to it, as he told Jonathan Dimbleby during a 1994 interview.
He explained, “I’m not very good at being a performing monkey … I’m not prepared to perform whenever they want me to perform.”
Next: Prince Harry doesn’t mind throwing some jokes at Barack Obama.
12. ‘You’re probably gonna get the face’ — Prince Harry
Prince Harry and Barack Obama have an amazing friendship, and their humor proves just how well they get along. In December 2017, BBC released an interview between the prince and the former president.
They set the tone by giving each other a few friendly jabs before getting down to business. Harry warned Obama, “If you start using long pauses between the answers, you’re probably gonna get ‘the face.’” Obama asked, “Let me see the face.”
Harry gave Obama a serious look, to which the former president responded, “I don’t want to see that face.”
Next: Prince Philip was not a fan of this fashion designer’s beard.
11. ‘You really must try better with your beard’ — Prince Philip
Prince Philip has been known to make his fair share of shocking remarks over the years. While they’re often times not exactly kind, we can’t help but acknowledge the humor behind some of them.
For example, when a young fashion designer paid Buckingham Palace a visit in 2009, Philip straight up told him how much he hates his beard. He asked, “Well, you didn’t design your beard too well, did you?”
He also advised, “You really must try better with your beard.”
Next: Here’s why Charles gave up the trumpet.
10. ‘So I gave up my trumpet’ — Prince Charles
Charles had good reasoning for giving up on learning how to play the trumpet at Gordonstoun.
He recalled, “I can hear the music teacher now … She would put down her violin and we would all stop and she would shout — she had a heavy German accent and somehow that made her more agonized — ‘Ach! Zoze trumpets! Ach! Zoze trumpets! Stawp zoze trumpets!’ So I gave up my trumpet.”
Next: William got honest with Middleton about her outfit.
9. ‘William said I look like a banana’ — Kate Middleton
Middleton definitely stood out in a crowd wearing her bright yellow Roksanda Ilincic dress on a trip to Australia in 2014. Apparently, her husband thought she stood out in the wrong way.
Middleton told an onlooker, “William said I look like a banana.”
Next: Philip was not in the mood for wine — at all.
8. ‘Get me a beer!’ — Prince Philip
Only Philip would demand a beer while being offered the finest Italian wines by the prime minister. During a trip to Rome in 2000, Philip demanded of PM Giuliano Amato, “Get me a beer. I don’t care what kind it is, just get me a beer!”
Next: Charles expected things to get a bit messy.
7. ‘As long as I don’t get covered too much in egg and tomato’ — Prince Charles
Charles expected nationalist protesters to get a bit messy during his term at the University College of Wales. He admitted during a BBC interview back in 1969, “As long as I don’t get covered too much in egg and tomato, I’ll be alright.”
Next: The queen is still a grandmother, after all.
6. ‘You don’t mess with your grandmother’ — Prince William
We may look up to Elizabeth as the Queen of England, but to William, she’s still a grandmother. He once admitted, “As I learned from growing up, you don’t mess with your grandmother.”
He’s also said of his upbringing around the queen, “When I was younger, my parents used to always slap my hand if I was picking my nose … I sort of understood that when I was around her I needed to be a little bit more low key and little bit more polite.”
Next: William asked for advice — and he got it.
5. ‘Don’t be so ridiculous’ — Queen Elizabeth
Making the guest list for a royal wedding is undoubtedly a stressful task. William turned to the queen for advice, and she knew exactly what to say to whip him into shape.
He recalled, “I was given a list in the first meeting, of 777 names, and not one of them on there I knew … And I wasn’t too happy about it so I rang [Queen Elizabeth] for a bit of moral support, and a bit of back up, and she said ‘Don’t be so ridiculous. Get rid of the list and start from your friends.'”
Next: Philip was not a fan of Elton John’s car.
4. ‘Oh, it’s you that owns that ghastly car, is it?’ — Prince Philip
Philip doesn’t ever hold his opinion back, no matter who he’s talking to. In 2001, neighboring celebrity Elton John mentioned that he sold his Watford FC-themed Aston Martin.
How did the prince respond? He asked, “Oh, it’s you that owns that ghastly car, is it? We often see it when driving to Windsor Castle.”
Next: William got real about what it would take to make him dance.
3. ‘It would take a few drinks to do that’ — Prince William
William apparently isn’t one to dance in front of people while sober. When he was asked if he’d dance during a DJ lesson in 2014, he responded, “It would take a few drinks to do that.”
Next: Harry told it like it is.
2. ‘He’s old. She’s pregnant.’ — Prince Harry
Harry told it like it is when he ran the 2012 London Marathon. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were nowhere to be found, so Harry promised they’d make it next year.
However, when William and Middleton didn’t show up in 2013, Harry explained, “He’s old. She’s pregnant.”
Next: William and Harry got it from their mother.
1. ‘How about a compromise like moderately rich and just moody?’ — Princess Diana
Clearly, William and Harry inherited some of their mother’s humor. Princess Diana was known as the rebel of the royal family, so we’re not surprised she had some stellar jokes along the way.
She once pointed out, “They say it is better to be poor and happy than rich and miserable, but how about a compromise like moderately rich and just moody?”
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