Shedding No Tears

The media in the UK is completely overwhelmed by the unsurprising news that Prince Philip has died at the age of 99.

For me, that is nothing to cry about. Since 1945, the man lived a life of privilege. He never had to do a real day’s work after the end of WW2. He spent his time driving Carriages, shooting pheasants and other birds and animals, and walking around next to the Queen.

If he got so much as a toothache, he would be hurried onto an exclusive private hospital, and given the best medical care available in Britain.

He travelled the world on a Royal Yacht, exclusive aircraft, helicopters, and even a Royal Train. He could own and drive any car he desired, and choose to live in any of the numerous Royal residences around the country.

His life was one of comfort. Probably part of the reason he lived to such a grand old age.

The Prince was never shy to court controversy, often outspoken, and occasionally racist too. Unlike politicians or celebrities, that didn’t cost him his ‘career’ though.

A 99 year-old man died today, as no doubt did many other 99 year-old people.

As far as I am concerned, he deserves no more respect than any of those others.

40 comments

    • beetleypete

      Wait until the funeral. It will all be dragged up again.
      They paid each member of the House of Lords an extra £126 ‘expenses’ just to come in a day early and be present for the ‘Tribute’. Julie has to work for 14 hours to earn that.
      Cheers, Pete.

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    • beetleypete

      We haven’t had the cop trial on TV here at all. They probably feared more BLM protests. Then once Philip died, that was the end of all other news (and most TV programmes, for at least 36 hours.
      Now they have run out of things to fawn over about him, they are ‘predicting’ the funeral attendance instead.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  1. lividemerald2013

    I read a short article on the passing of Prince Philip before dismissing it and moving on to various articles about the discovery of an ancient city in Egypt, the controversies surrounding the Yonaguni Monument discovered in 1986 in the waters off a Japanese island, and details related to the Ingenuity helicopter soon to be released by the Perseverance rover on Mars.

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  2. Doug

    Yeah.. you’d think someone with center stage in royalty would try to leave some sort of legacy other than simply passing on genetic code to further the royal lineage… and then kicking back and coasting for the remaining 70 years of his life, like a real life, living “screen saver”. I have a GF… of the last 16 years. We both entered each others lives after our respective 35 years of marriages that didn’t continue. We’ve decided not to marry.. hence we “live in sin”. You might be asking, “What does any of this have to do with the death of Prince Phillip?” Well, in assimilating to her family elements over the years, most notably her two children, married with their own growing families… I go to the various affairs and visits and have opted to simply sit tight, barely uttering anything that could be misconstrued into the next family crisis, given they also cater to my GF’s ex-husband. I keep any and all opinions to myself.. and I am relegated to just being “that guy who lives with mom”… to which I have described my role in her family for years as “Prince Phillip”… seen but not heard. 🙂

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  3. Ian Gibson Photography

    I can’t disagree with a word of what you wrote. I believe that the most appropriate response to the death of an ill, 99 year old man I never knew, is a shrug of indifference.

    As for them effectively turning the TV off for a day, wait till his Mrs pops her clogs. I was fortunate enough to be in France for the mass hysteria following Diana’s death, so missed it.

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    • beetleypete

      The saturation sycophantic TV coverage of his death on almost every channel is sickening. You are right though, small potatoes compared to the day tha Liz drops off the perch.
      Cheers, Pete.

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  4. Heyjude

    What I can’t understand is why on earth the Beeb needs to have the same content running on both BBC1 and BBC2. Enough! I am not happy that the man is dead, but nor am I sad. As you say he lived a life of privilege and a long life at that. He could have at least died tomorrow, maybe they would have had to cancel the Grand National – or maybe they have! OH mentioned something about 8 days of mourning. OMG! Really? I wonder how Boris is going to manage a state funeral with only 30 attendees allowed at a funeral.

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    • beetleypete

      No state funeral apparently. A private funeral at Windsor Castle.
      Boris must be overjoyed at this distraction from the important stuff. I’m sure they will drag this out for as long as it flies.
      Best wishes, Pete. x

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  5. wilfredbooks

    I’m sure it will come as no surprise to you that I entirely agree, Pete! You can understand the BBC bending over backwards to grovel, given its position as the Establishment mouthpiece, but as usual, especially where the royals are concerned, it’s complete overkill: wall-to-wall fawning & hand-wringing; and this is only a foretaste of what’s to come when ‘her maj’ pops off. I’m sure the blond buffoon is rubbing his hands together with glee, behind closed doors of course, now that he’s told the world how sad ‘the nation’ is about this tragedy, because it’s a wonderful distraction from all the other crap that’s been going on. Cheers, Jon.

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    • beetleypete

      It’s all about distraction. Funny how at times of great national ‘disaster’, a Royal always dies? Perhaps they kept Phil in the freezer, until the time was right? He could have been dead for weeks, for all we know. Let’s hope the Queen hangs on for a couple of years at least, as when she goes, it will be an unrivalled ‘fawn-fest’ that will probably last for months.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  6. toritto

    Didn’t think you would be weeping in the garden today Pete! The flaxen haired 18 year old Prince was introduced to the very sheltered and unworldly 13 year old Elizabeth by Uncle Mountbatten. It was a purposeful set-up on his part. The Prince was already aware of his romantic charm and Elizabeth was smitten 13 year old girl. But of course you know all this. Philip played his cards well and was “consort” ever after. And he lived 99 years! Pretty good I’d say!
    Best from Florida

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    • beetleypete

      Yes, that’s a ‘job’ you don’t see advertised in the papers. Chatting up a 13-year old mega-heiress, and then hanging around until she is old enough to marry you. And the BBC News is not mentioning the fact they couldn’t actually stand the sight of each other for a huge proportion of that 73 year marriage.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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    • beetleypete

      Every channel here but one, Kim. They are cancelling and rescheduling later programmes too. Only one, Channel 4, is keeping to normal programming. But they have been heavlily criticised already for doing that. It’s complete overload. He was 99, not 39!
      Best wishes, Pete.

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