John Oliver jokes about the reaction to Prince Philip's death and calls out the royal's 'checkered moral history'

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John Oliver in 2019. Mike Coppola/Getty Images for The Bob Woodruff Foundation
  • John Oliver joked about the "checkered moral history" of Prince Philip during a recent interview.

  • Oliver told Seth Meyers that "it's hard to know exactly how to feel" about the royal's death.

  • The British comedian also made a joke about how Philip and Queen Elizabeth II were cousins.

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John Oliver joked about Prince Philip's "checkered moral history" and the reaction surrounding the royal's death during an appearance on "Late Night with Seth Meyers."

"It's difficult when a 99-year-old with such a checkered moral history leaves us," Oliver said when Meyers asked about Philip's death. "It's hard to know exactly how to feel or, indeed, whether to actually articulate how you actually do."

The British comedian then cracked a series of jokes about how Philip and his wife, Queen Elizabeth II, were actually cousins.

"They were very close. They were," Oliver joked. "And I don't think it was just restricted to them. I believe that family is familiar with one another."

The "Last Week Tonight" host also spoke about how the reactions to Philip's death have varied, from those not wanting to speak "ill of the dead," to others who inadvertently invited more criticism of the late royal by being "overly complimentary."

"It feels like at that point, all bets are off," Oliver told Meyers. "Then the people who were biting their tongue go, 'F--- you. Here's what he was like."

Oliver was seemingly referring to the prince's long history of problematic language, which included racist and sexist comments throughout his years of service to the British monarchy.

On Friday, Buckingham Palace announced that the senior royal had died "peacefully" that same morning in Windsor Castle at age 99.

"It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh," the statement read.

"The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss," it continued.

Following news of Philip's death, numerous celebrities and public figures, including Matt Smith and Tobias Menzies (who both played the prince on different seasons of Netflix's "The Crown"), paid tribute to the late duke.

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