Prince Philip Reveals His Technology Woes: To Operate A TV You "Practically Have To Make Love To [It]"

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

LONDON — He may be married to Queen Elizabeth II, but Prince Philip has the same technological troubles as millions of commoners.

The 88-year-old prince has bemoaned the complexity of television remote controls, saying attempts to record programs often end up with him lying on the floor with a flashlight, a magnifying glass and an instruction manual.

The comments came in an interview posted Saturday on Buckingham Palace's official YouTube channel.

The prince was celebrating the 50th anniversary of a design prize named for him. He said that in some areas, like television, the quality of design remained "ghastly."

The Times newspaper quoted Philip in the same interview as saying "to work out how to operate a TV set you practically have to make love to the thing."