Prince Philip was once left furious after John Humphrys accidentally 'stole' his car

Rebecca Taylor
·Royal Correspondent
·3-min read
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip during their state visit to Mexico, 1975. (Photo by Serge Lemoine/Getty Images)
The Queen and Prince Philip during their state visit to Mexico, 1975. (Getty Images)

Veteran TV reporter John Humphrys has revealed he once accidentally took a car intended for Prince Philip while covering a royal tour in Mexico.

Humphrys was covering the first visit of a British monarch to the nation in 1975, when he made the error, which made the Duke of Edinburgh furious.

After explaining how he had cut himself shaving the morning he was due to meet the Queen, and had a "had a great glob of toilet paper stuck to my chin", he then recalled his other memory of the trip in the Daily Mail saying: "The other was when her husband screamed at me for 'stealing my f*****g car!'

"I had commandeered the only remaining vehicle for me and my cameraman outside the airstrip where she'd landed to inspect an Aztec ruin so we could follow her.

"It was meant for Prince Philip."

Humphrys also shared his failed attempts to get an interview with the Queen, by asking Her Majesty directly during a private lunch he was invited to.

He said: "We stood together - just the two of us - and I popped the question.

"'I don't suppose you've ever thought you might want to do an interview with us?'

"She did not hesitate.

"'No.'"

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He said the monarch refused after a second request before landing the final blow: "What's more, Mr Humphrys, if one were ever to do such a thing, it would most certainly not be with you!"

Prince Philip, now 99, is at the King Edward VII Hospital in central London following the advice of his doctor, but is said to be in "good spirits".

The Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen, 94, have both had the first dose of the COVID-19 jab and it's understood his health conditions are not related to coronavirus.

It was business as normal for the Queen on Wednesday, as she made a call to the First Sea Lord, Admiral Tony Radakin, to speak about how the Royal Navy is coping at home and abroad.

Meanwhile Prince Charles carried on with a planned engagement in Birmingham with wife Camilla, as they met and thanked volunteers on a new vaccine trial, as well as staff giving out the jab.

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh disembarks from a train during his state visit to Mexico, 1975. (Photo by Serge Lemoine/Getty Images)
Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh disembarks from a train during his state visit to Mexico, 1975. (Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip visit an ancient ruin during their state visit to Mexico, 1975. (Photo by Serge Lemoine/Getty Images)
The Queen and Prince Philip visit an ancient ruin during their state visit to Mexico, 1975. (Getty Images)

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Philip has a reputation for not wanting a fuss, and royal author Penny Junor joked he might be a tricky patient as he goes into his third day at the King Edward VII hospital.

She told BBC Breakfast: “I think he can be quite blunt and I think if he felt people were fussing over him he could be quite outspoken about that.

“This is a man who doesn’t want any fuss made of his 100th birthday, so the fact he’s in hospital and getting some fuss made of him will really irritate him.”

Buckingham Palace previously said in a statement: “His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to King Edward VII’s Hospital in London on Tuesday evening.

“The duke’s admission is a precautionary measure, on the advice of His Royal Highness’s doctor, after feeling unwell.

“The duke is expected to remain in hospital for a few days of observation and rest.”

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