Mej-Michael. In that post many months ago I said I once knew a number of blokes born circa 1920. Sadly, but not surprisingly, none survive today. I also write and edit a fair bit of history, so I've had even more exposure to that generation in interviews I've conducted, or more recently listening to old recorded interviews of that generation.
That circa 1910 - 1925 generation was almost entirely free of the modern "sins" that most of us are guilty of today like self-pride, judgementalism and intolerance of people who belong to a different demographic (like todays hipsters sneering at bogans, bogans sneering at toffs, ladies who lunch sneering at hipsters, etc.). In their society at that time, almost everyone pulled together for the common good and people knew that there was almost no malice (except for the tiny
"political class" who were as bitchy as their modern counterparts are today). So unless a off-hand comment was obviously malicious, no one took offence, even if it came out sort of wrong.
Now of course, things have changed. Today we often take offence on behalf of others. I'm as guilty of that as anyone because, while I'm definitely not a bogan, I get offended when my trendy, wealthy neighbours in North Carlton see people in the outer suburbs as uncultured and dismiss their views as of little consequence. I suspect many people also take offence at Prince Phillip's remarks, not because they feel personally slighted, but they take offence on behalf of others. But when that 1910 - 1925 generation was young, people knew that there was no malice and no sneering in an off hand remark, so they just let comments that came out a bit awkwardly when they were spoken "go through to the keeper". That was what society expected, after all, everyone makes verbal mistakes. But these days if a public figure makes even a slightly "wrong" comment just once, their reputation is tarnished for years and that one little slip is sometimes used against them for the rest of their lives.
So I still maintain that Prince Phillip is just a product of the times he grew up in. The only "sin" he is guilty of is not changing with the times, but at 96 years old, I like to think we could be gracious enough to grant him and the few survivors of his generation a little slack.