Thursday, 7 August 2008

Scraping the Bottom

Buckingham Palace has firmly denied newspaper reports that the Duke of Edinburgh has prostate cancer, and criticised the story as “a serious breach of Prince Philip’s privacy’.

The rumour, which began in the Evening Standard, claimed that the 87-year-old Duke was diagnosed with cancer in April, when he was briefly hospitalised with a chest infection.

The Palace has taken the unusual step of releasing photos of Prince Philip’s wrinkly bum to the world’s press, although it was not clear if these were submitted as medical evidence or just a comment from the Duke.

“Prince Philip is alive and well, playing with his toy boats at Cowes and talking through his arse as usual,” said a royal spokesman.

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