Prince Philip reportedly faced a huge controversy during his tour of India several years ago.
Years ago, the Duke of Edinburgh was invited to a special tiger shoot where a buffalo was being used as bait. In his book “Queen of the world,” royal author Robert Hardman detailed the incident.
“The Maharajah was very clear about the main purpose of the visit: The Duke of Edinburgh was going to shoot a tiger. At the very moment the Duke was in the process of establishing the World Wildlife Fund, which would be founded four months later,” he wrote.
But during the 1960s, tigers were still seen as a pest and as a very desirable trophy. And in order to chance upon one, Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II, and their hosts waited in a machine or a tree platform while approximately 200 beaters secured the jungle below.
On their third outing, the 97-year-old royal bagged a tigress just before its return to Delhi. Prince Philip defended his decision to shoot a tiger following the incident, and this caused even more backlash.
In related news, Prince Philip also made headlines recently after it was revealed that his eldest son, Prince Charles, went through hell as a kid partly because of him.
Royal author Penny Junor wrote in “The Duchess: The Untold Story” how Prince Philip saw Prince Charles as a disappointment because he was small, shy, and sensitive as a child. On the other hand, Princess Anne was the apple of her dad’s eyes.
According to Junor, Prince Charles was also bullied as a kid and Prince Philip was known for reducing grown men to tears with his cutting remarks and bullying attitude.
Prince Philip also sent Prince Charles to Gordonstoun where he experienced bullying.
“He was kicked and punched on the rugby pitch, where he never excelled, and hit by his roommates in his dormitory at night for snoring,” Junor wrote.