Prince Philip “awakened in a chilly sweat” after attending a 1969 dinner on the White Home and later apologized to Richard Nixon for being “lame” on the soiree.
A candid letter from the royal to the president was just lately dug up within the archives of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum.
“I can’t start to inform you how a lot I appreciated your very nice kindness and hospitality on the White Home. I used to be fairly overwhelmed by the visitors, however delighted to meet such a distinguished firm,” the Prince wrote to Nixon on Nov. 7, 1969.
However, “After the brilliance of the opposite audio system and your self, I’m afraid my contribution was very lame,” Philip laments. He provides, “that night time I awakened in a chilly sweat once I realized I had forgotten to suggest your well being! I do humbly apologize.”
(What a gaffe! But when failing to toast a dinner host’s well being is a serious fake pas, we’ve loads of apologizing to do.)
Self-deprecating Philip — who’d visited the White Home solo with out Queen Elizabeth — additionally made a reference to legendary journalist Barbara Walters in his Nixon notice.
Walters interviewed Philip in 1969 for the “Right now” present in New York, after the White Home go to. Philip privately revealed to Nixon that behind-the-scenes, “The climate in New York was horrible, however in any other case all went effectively and I discovered Miss Walters notably charming and clever. I hope we did a great piece.”
Philip had instructed Walters throughout their chat on “Right now” of turning into accustomed to his function as Duke of Edinburgh, “You get used to something… You’d be shocked.”
He closed the notice to Nixon by saying, “Once more with very many thanks for your nice kindness.”
Nixon visited Philip and the Queen at Buckingham Palace throughout the identical yr.
Prince Philip died final week at 99 and is being laid to relaxation at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Citadel on Saturday. There can be simply 30 attendees due to pandemic social distancing tips.