“Prince Philip, he’s a card”.  So said Eddie Izzard of the Duke of Edinburgh.  The Prince, 90-years-old and looking like a Quentin Blake illustration, is well known for saying inappropriate things and shows no signs of letting up.

Case in point:  His BBC One interview with Fiona Bruce.

Unsurprisingly, the Duke made several iffy comments during the interview, what is surprising (or not, depending on your point of view) is how they seemed to slip by under the radar.

On a day when the Coalition government came under heavy fire from the Archbishop of Canterbury, it is perhaps forgiveable.  However, the interview was broadcast last night, so I’m disappointed that more of a fuss hasn’t been made about the D of E’s comments, mainly, his suggestion that people should undergo what “might be described as voluntary family limitation”.

It’s pretty rich coming from a member of a family who exclusively sponge off the state.  His remarks conjure images of Communist China’s One Child Policy – not exactly a high water mark of human rights – and gives me the impression that PP probably sees the dubious benefits of eugenics.

Wait, calm down, I’m not being a left-wing reactionary here, this isn’t the Guardian.  Prince Philip didn’t actually say he was in favour of eugenics, but hear me out.  When asked what he felt were the biggest challenges to conservation, he replied, with no hesitation; “the growing human population”.  He was then asked what should be done about it, to which he asked: “Can’t you guess?”

Bruce did also suggest greater availability of contraception, but this was not addressed in the broadcast.

If he was truly concerned with overpopulation, he could use his influence to encourage better living standards for people around the world.  Any fool who studied GCSE Geography knows that overpopulation mostly comes as a result of poverty and people needing all the help they can get to survive.  ”Voluntary family limitation” sounds pretty dystopian to me and betrays Prince Philip’s complete lack of connection to the world.  However, if he was to volunteer his family first, well, maybe he could change my mind, who knows?

I’m not entirely sure how much influence Mountbatten has these days, so I’m not too worried about his comments being taken seriously.  What does bother me (and should bother you too if you’re reading this) is that Prince Philip is able to get away with saying these ridiculous things, especially when Dr Rowan Williams causes controversy for saying the same thing as everybody else.

Perhaps it’s just me.  Perhaps I’m the only one who cares about what Phil the Greek says and everyone else already ignores him.  Perhaps he’s best treated as the redundant old throw-back that he’s always been and then put in a corner somewhere.  Perhaps…