Technology can be confusing, especially if you happen to be pushing close to 100. After all, imagine all the changes someone has seen over that long lifetime. According to a recent story shared by actress Cate Blanchett, that’s exactly how Prince Philip felt about receiving a new DVD player — which he couldn’t quite figure out how to use.
Blanchett, a two-time Academy Award winner, spilled the details about Queen Elizabeth’s husband in a September 2018 episode of The Jonathan Ross Show, a popular British talk show. After another guest shared his own story about bumping into Philip while filming near the royals’ home in Windsor, Blanchett dished on the time she was invited to lunch at the palace. At first the actress was confused as to why she was asked to attend, but figured it was her experience playing Queen Elizabeth I in two separate films. As she sat next to Philip, however, she realized that wasn’t exactly the case.
“I sat next to [Philip] and he said, ‘I hear you’re an actor,’” Blanchett explained, doing a fairly decent job at imitating the Duke of Edinburgh’s accent. “‘Well, I was given a DVD player for Christmas and I can’t work out whether I put the green cord in or the red cord.’” Apparently, Philip assumed those working in the entertainment industry also knew how to set up the at-home devices that play their work. Unfortunately for Philip, Blanchett wasn’t quite able to help him out. “I said, ‘Sir, it’s really not my expertise.’ I thought, ‘He’s invited me to lunch to tell me about his DVD player!’” You can hear Blanchett tell the story over on the show’s YouTube page.
It’s probably safe to assume that the always outspoken Philip found someone else to assist him with his relatable technological predicament. Judging by the impressive stereo Prince Harry had in his high school dorm back in his teen years, he was likely more than able to give his grandpa some helpful advice.