Prince Philip once apologized to Richard Nixon for being ‘lame’

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Prince Philip “woke up in a cold sweat” after attending a 1969 dinner at the White House and later apologized to Richard Nixon for being “lame” at the soiree.

A candid letter from the royal to the president was recently dug up in the archives of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum.

“I can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciated your very great kindness and hospitality at the White House. I was quite overwhelmed by the guests, but delighted to meet such a distinguished company,” the Prince wrote to Nixon on Nov. 7, 1969.

But, “After the brilliance of the other speakers and yourself, I am afraid my contribution was very lame,” Philip laments. He adds, “that night I woke up in a cold sweat when I realized I had forgotten to propose your health! I do humbly apologize.”

(What a gaffe! But if failing to toast a dinner host’s health is a major faux pas, we have a lot of apologizing to do.)

Self-deprecating Philip — who’d visited the White House solo without Queen Elizabeth — also made a reference to legendary journalist Barbara Walters in his Nixon note.

Walters interviewed Philip in 1969 for the “Today” show in New York, after the White House visit. Philip privately revealed to Nixon that behind-the-scenes, “The weather in New York was horrible, but otherwise all went well and I found Miss Walters particularly charming and intelligent. I hope we did a good piece.”

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Philip had told Walters during their chat on “Today” of becoming accustomed to his role as Duke of Edinburgh, “You get used to anything… You’d be surprised.”

He closed the note to Nixon by saying, “Again with very many thanks for your great kindness.”

Nixon visited Philip and the Queen at Buckingham Palace during the same year.

Prince Philip died last week at 99 and is being laid to rest at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle on Saturday. There will be just 30 attendees due to pandemic social distancing guidelines.

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