On asking a female Sea Cadet what she did for a living, and being told that she worked in a nightclub (as a barmaid), the Duke asked “Is it a strip club?” Observing her surprise he dismissed the suggestion saying that it was “probably too cold for that anyway” (2010).
On meeting an Australian Aborigine during a visit in March 2002, he asked: “Still throwing spears?” (Question put to an Australian Aborigine during a visit in March 2002)
During the 1981 recession he mused: “Everybody was saying we must have more leisure. Now they are complaining they are unemployed."
Following the Dunblane shootings, he questioned the need for a firearms ban: "If a cricketer, for instance, suddenly decided to go into a school and batter a lot of people to death with a cricket bat, which he could do very easily, I mean, are you going to ban cricket bats?"
On seeing an old-fashioned fuse box in a factory near Edinburgh, he asked: "It looks as if it was put in by an Indian."
"Deaf? If you are near there, no wonder you are deaf," he told a group of deaf people in Cardiff while listening to a school's steel band
After accepting a conservation award in Thailand, he observed: "Your country is one of the most notorious centres of trading in endangered species in the world."
In Budapest in 1993, he told an expat: "You can't have been here that long – you haven't got a pot belly."
"Aren't most of you descended from pirates?" he asked residents of the Cayman Islands.
He told a 1986 meeting of the World Wildlife Fund: "If it has got four legs and it is not a chair, if it has got two wings and it flies but is not an aeroplane, and if it swims and it is not a submarine, the Cantonese will eat it."