Prince Philip teases 'Spreadsheet Phil' over blunder 


It’s been a tough week for Chancellor Philip Hammond as he battles criticism over his proposed National Insurance hike for the self-employed.

And things didn’t get any easier when he was roasted by Prince Philip at a memorial event for war veterans earlier this week.

A Whitehall source says the gaffe-prone royal was overheard teasing the Chancellor over his Budget blundering. 

Whitehall sources says the Duke of Edinburgh was overheard teasing the Chancellor over his Budget blundering at a memorial event for war veterans earlier this week

Whitehall sources says the Duke of Edinburgh was overheard teasing the Chancellor over his Budget blundering at a memorial event for war veterans earlier this week

An insider reports the Duke of Edinburgh ‘made a crack’ at the Chancellor’s expense with ‘light-hearted banter’ about the budget, according to The Times.

The source added: ‘Poor old Phil is getting it from all sides.

‘Even the royals are having a go at him.’ 

Both Buckingham Palace and a spokesman for Philip Hammond refused to comment. 

The royal ribbing occurred at the same event where former PM David Cameron was caught on camera apparently having a rant at a Cabinet minister over the Tory plan to hike National Insurance, calling it ‘stupidity’.

ITV footage showed the former prime minister looking angry as he gestured at Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon during the unveiling of a new war memorial.

An insider reports the royal 'made a crack' at the Chancellor's expense with 'light-hearted banter' about the Budget

An insider reports the royal ‘made a crack’ at the Chancellor’s expense with ‘light-hearted banter’ about the Budget

Professional lipreader Tina Lannin, whose company 121 Captions specialises in forensic lipreading for the police and CPS, told MailOnline she is certain Mr Cameron said: ‘Breaking a manifesto promise is stupidity.’

This is undoubtedly a reference to Philip Hammond’s decision to raise National Insurance contributions in Wednesday’s Budget – but Mr Cameron’s office today said it would not comment on a ‘private conversation’. 

The Tories pledged four times in their 2015 general election manifesto not to increase the contributions, warning that a rise would ‘harm our economy’ and ‘reduce living standards’. 

David Cameron unveiled the policy as part of a ‘tax lock’ that aides have since admitted was ‘cooked up on the hoof’ in the final weeks of the campaign.

The Tories pledged four times in their 2015 general election manifesto not to increase the contributions, warning that a rise would ‘harm our economy’

The Tories pledged four times in their 2015 general election manifesto not to increase the contributions, warning that a rise would ‘harm our economy’

But Mr Hammond announced in his first budget as Chancellor that 2.5million self-employed would lose an average £250 a year as their a National Insurance rises from 9 to 10 per cent. 

Earlier in the week the Chancellor faced further humiliation after the BBC’s Nick Robinson made a toecurling on-air gaffe when he called the Chancellor ‘Spreadsh*t Phil’ during an interview about the Budget.

The presenter accidentally mangled Philip Hammond’s nickname ‘spreadsheet’ as he discussed the fallout from the financial statement with journalists on Radio 4’s Today programme.

The royal ribbing occurred at the same event where former PM David Cameron was caught on camera apparently having a rant at a Cabinet minister over the plan to hike National Insurance

The royal ribbing occurred at the same event where former PM David Cameron was caught on camera apparently having a rant at a Cabinet minister over the plan to hike National Insurance

Mr Robinson quickly corrected himself but the slip did not go unnoticed – with Twitter users voicing shock and suggested it had been a ‘Freudian slip’.

Robinson asked one of the guests: ‘Do you agree that this is basically Spreadsh*t Phil, Spreadsheet Phil, I should say, as he is known in the Treasury, basically holding his nose and saying there will be a row but it will pass?’ 



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