Prince Andrew accused of using the ‘n-word’ at Buckingham Palace meeting by former Downing Street aide
Prince Andrew has been accused of using the 'n-word' at a Buckingham Palace meeting by a former Downing Street aide.
The 59 year old is alleged to have used the term in 2012 when speaking to a Downing Street adviser of Sri Lankan descent, but Buckingham Palace have denied the claims.
Former government aide Rohan Silva made the allegation days after Prince Andrew gave an interview to the BBC, where he denied allegation that he slept with Virginia Roberts when she was 17 years old.
Rohan claimed to London Evening Standard that he asked Prince Andrew — known as The Duke of York — whether the government department responsible for trade "could be doing a better job."
He claims the Duke responded: "Well, if you'll pardon the expression, that really is the n***** in the woodpile."
Sources at Buckingham Palace "categorically denies that Andrew ever used the phrase, insisting he would never use such language," according to the publication.
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Rohan, who writes a column for the local newspaper, claims to recall: "how I walked blinking into the sunshine outside Buckingham Palace, reeling at the prince's use of language," after the meeting, which he says was only attended by himself, Prince Andrew and a palace aide.
He continued: "For a long time afterwards I kicked myself for not confronting the prince on his choice of words — and it’s something I still regret today.
"After all, he clearly wasn’t taken to task very often by the people around him, which meant offensive language went unchallenged."
Now regarded as wholly unacceptable, the phrase "n***** in the woodpile" originated as a figure of speech in the 19th century, and was used to describe fugitive slaves from the Deep South who hid in piles of logs while travelling to Canada.
Rohan also claims that Prince Andrew, whose parents are both Sri Lankan, told him in 2011 when discussing the European Union reform: "What you have got to remember is that you'll never get anywhere by playing the white man."
The columnist added: "I genuinely didn’t know what he meant, and the discussion moved on.
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"But the phrase 'playing the white man' stuck in my head, as I’d never heard it before.
"So when I got back to my desk, I immediately googled it.
"The definition flashed up on my screen: an old-fashioned saying, used during colonial times, meaning that only white people can be trusted to follow the rules, unlike dark-skinned natives."
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