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Phil's Gaffrica boob angers the Nigerians.

Byline: PAUL GILFEATHER in Abuja

PRINCE Philip made another incredible gaffe yesterday by insulting his hosts during a state visit to Africa.

The Royal consort dropped the clanger just hours before he was due to fly home after a four-day tour of Nigeria.

At a ceremony to celebrate the Commonwealth Heads of Government conference in Abuja he was asked by an Australian reporter what he thought of his African visit.

Bungling Philip said after a long pause: "I will pass on that, if you don't mind."

The remark was seen as a snub to his Nigerian hosts, who were staging the event for the first time.

And it overshadowed the Queen's efforts to retain Britain's strong ties with the Commonwealth, made up mainly of former UK colonies.

It is thought she will be furious at her husband's gaffe, the latest in a long line of jibes.

One Nigerian official accused the Prince of destroying the spirit of the summit.

He said: "This is disgraceful behaviour and an insult to every country in Africa, not least the host, Nigerian President Obasanjo."

A British Council source in Nigeria added: "This kind of thing could set Commonwealth relations back 20 years. All he simply had to say was that he had enjoyed his stay in what is an amazing country."
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Date:Dec 7, 2003
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