A group of women were treated to some vintage Prince Philip today when he asked them: "Who do you sponge off?"
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.
But on this occasion his comment appeared to provoke amusement rather than offence.
A royal aide said later that Philip's "who do you sponge off?" remark was not meant to offend. The aide said: