PHILIP’S FOIBLES: In his many decades as Queen Elizabeth‘s consort, Prince Philip has asked native Australians if they “still throw spears,” and he once warned British students they’d get “slitty eyes” if they remained too long in China. However, two royal correspondents, Phil Dampier and Ashley Walton, who decided Philip’s indiscretions have their own dubious charm, have published a collection of over 250 of his faux pas called “Duke of Hazard — The Wit and Wisdom of Prince Philip” (Book Guild Publishing), to coincide with the Prince’s 85th birthday this month. “Philip has been on countless engagements with the Queen over the past 50 years, always walking a few paces behind her,” said Dampier. “I think cracking a few jokes is his way of coping with it.” And it seems that age hasn’t dampened the Duke’s acerbic streak. “He’s definitely got worse as he’s got older,” said Dampier. “His attitude is that people are just too sensitive these days.”

DECORATING NEEDS: Aspiring Park Avenue Housewives, take note. If social status in this town hinges on finding a good interior decorator (well, along with a great plastic surgeon and a worthy pet charity), the place to go is 547 West 21st Street, where Housing Works is having its annual “Design on a Dime” benefit tonight. Hosted by Domino Magazine’s Deborah Needleman, Sills Huniford’s James Huniford and Ellen Newhouse, the party will be filled with shelter gurus and there should also be lots of knickknacks to buy from designers Martha Angus, Milly de Cabrol, Fox Nahem, Charlotte Moss and Stephen Siegel. Proceeds, of course, go to Housing Works, which provides assistance for homeless New Yorkers living with HIV and AIDS and, yes, qualifies as a worthy cause.

This story first appeared in the June 15, 2006 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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