There are claims the Duke of Edinburgh pointed out a bearded man and asked if he was a terrorist.
The 96 year-old royal is said to have made the gaffe at a New Year’s Eve service at St Mary Magdalene church.
“Philip was wishing lots of people a Happy New Year and then he spotted this guy with his distinctive beard,” said an onlooker.
“He pointed at him in a funny way and turned to one of his royal bodyguards, saying: “Is that a terrorist?”
“He was obviously having a little joke, but he said it within earshot of the man who burst out laughing and appeared to find the whole thing hilarious. I think Philip knew he was going to be overheard. I’m sure Philip didn’t mean any harm.”
The Duke of Edinburgh retired from public duties in 2017.
Buckingham Palace has refused to comment.