Prince Philip in controversy over joke on `Patel’

The surname is 2nd most popular surname in Britain


28th October 2009
: Prince Philip’s is apparently in a controversy again. Available information suggests this time it is for cracking a joke about the Indian surname Patel.

The surname comes from the Indian states of Gujarat and Rajasthan. It is the second most popular surname in Britain after Singh. It is also the country’s 24th most common surname; and there are an estimated 670,000 Patels.

Media reports suggest the Duke of Edinburgh joked about the surname with Indian-origin business leader Atul Patel.

It happened during a reception hosted for 400 influential British-Indians at Buckingham Palace. ‘The Sun’ reported as the guests lined up to meet the Queen and Prince Philip, who hosted the evening to celebrate this week’s state visit by India’s President Pratibha Patil, the 88-year-old Royal turned to greet business chief Patel.

After glancing at Patel’s name badge, he was quoted as saying, "There’s a lot of your family in tonight." The comment apparently suggested un a lighter vein that all Patels were related.

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