Prince Called Woman In Wheelchair "A Menace"
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
July 26, 2004
LONDON, ENGLAND--Two popular British tabloid papers are making much ado about comments Prince Philip reportedly made over a woman's wheelchair at a recent South Wales agriculture show.
The Mirror and the Sun both wrote that the 83-year-old Duke was suddenly blocked by Sandie Holland and her wheelchair.
"He saw me and said 'You are a bit of menace in that thing'," explained 29-year-old Holland, who uses the wheelchair because of what the papers referred to as "a muscle-wasting disease".
"I was a bit shocked and said something like, 'I can assure you I am a good driver and not a menace.'
"He pointed to the metal foot-rests and said, 'They catch people's ankles.'
Holland said the Duke smiled when she informed him that she does not, in fact, hit people's ankles.
"What he said troubled me for the rest of the day," she said.
"Fortunately I do not spend my life in a wheelchair but he did not know that. He should think a bit more before speaking."
A Buckingham Palace spokesman denied Prince Philip called Holland a menace and said he was referring instead to an umbrella that was sticking out of the wheelchair.