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Prince Andrew made racist Arab joke during dinner for Saudi royals: report

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November 19, 2019 | 1: 04pm

Fresh off a “car crash” of an interview about his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, Prince Andrew faces new unsavory allegations — that he made racist jokes about Arabs during a state banquet for the Saudi Royal family, according to a report.

The Duke of York made a joke about camels “as worse as you can imagine” while mingling with British pols at Buckingham Palace, former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said, The Sun reported.

Smith told Iain Dale on the LBC Election podcast that the prince’s words, which she refused to repeat, left the group “slack-jawed.”

It was believed that the state dinner took place in October 2007, according to the news outlet.

“I met him several times, including once at a state banquet, where after dinner my husband and I and another Labour cabinet minister had a drink with him,” Smith said.

“I have to say the conversation left us slack-jawed with the things he felt it appropriate to say,” she added. “That he thought we might find these amusing was a terrible situation to be in.”

Smith said she is ashamed she did not push back at the prince for his comments.

“It was a state banquet, we were in Buckingham Palace, we were cabinet ministers, I feel ashamed that we didn’t but we didn’t,” she said, adding that she believes the royal is “not very bright.”

She added: “I don’t think he really understands the way in which you behave and in some ways that’s not surprising, because you’re pretty insulated in the royal family.

“But he’s at the worst end of the royal family, I think,” Smith added.

Buckingham Palace said the Duke of York “does not tolerate racism in any form.”

“HRH has undertaken a considerable amount of work in the Middle East over a period of years and has many friends from the region,” the palace said in a statement.

The latest brouhaha comes hours after the prince was accused of using the N-word at a Buckingham Palace sitdown with a senior political aide of Sri Lankan descent.

Rohan Silva, 38, a former adviser to David Cameron, claims the “offensive” incident took place in 2012 during a conversation about trade policy.

Silva said he asked Queen Elizabeth II’s son whether the government department responsible for trade “could be doing a better job.”

He said the prince answered: “Well, If you’ll pardon the expression, that really is the n—- in the woodpile.”

The offensive phrase dates to the early 1800s and referred to would-be escapee slaves trying to hide in woodpiles, according to a report in the Evening Standard.

A Palace spokesman told The Sun: “We strenuously deny that these words were ever used.”

Andrew also has been lambasted for his interview on BBC Newsnight about his relationship with Epstein, the notorious pedophile who hanged himself in a Manhattan lockup this past summer while awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking charges.

The royal denied getting sweaty with and hugging Epstein’s then-17-year-old female victim, Virginia Giuffre, before having sex with her in 2001.

Andrew denied the allegation, saying he couldn’t sweat at the time because of a medical condition from the 1982 Falklands War medical condition and didn’t do public displays of affection — assertions roundly scoffed at by the British press and on social media.

Old photos that surfaced Sunday showed him sweating and getting handsy with women while he made the rounds at parties in France during 2007 and 2008.

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