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Prince Philip's latest gaffe: 'Who do you sponge off?', he asks east end community group

A group of women were treated to some vintage Prince Philip today when he asked them: "Who do you sponge off?"

Credit: PA

The gaffe-prone Duke was meeting members of the Chadwell Heath Asian Women's network during a visit to a community centre in east London.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in east London Credit: PA

But on this occasion his comment appeared to provoke amusement rather than offence.

The Duke said to us 'who do you sponge off? We're all married so it's our husbands. He was just teasing and it's similar to what I call my husband - the wallet.

– Nusrat Zamir
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in east London Credit: PA

A royal aide said later that Philip's "who do you sponge off?" remark was not meant to offend. The aide said:

There's a context here, they were talking about a sponge cake, no offence was intended or taken.

The whole visit took place in a wonderful atmosphere.

– Royal aide