Prince Philip previously traveled to India with Queen Elizabeth II on a royal tour. While there, he was supposed to take part in a huge event.

In the 1960s, the Duke of Edinburgh was invited to a host of animal shoots and hunting excursions that caused outrage back in the United Kingdom. Prince Philip agreed to take part in the event, but he was unable to pull the trigger on the animals after suffering from an infection.

Royal author Robert Hardman detailed the incident in his book “Queen Of The World.” He said that Prince Philip was supposed to shoot a tigress, but on the day of the shooting, he suffered from a mysterious finger infection.

“Come the day of the shoot, however, there was a bizarre fortuitous development,” Hardman said. “The Duke had mysteriously developed an infection in his trigger finger, which had been encased in a thick bandage,” he added.

A spokesperson for the palace confirmed that the retired royal was responding well to penicillin. However, there was still no way for him to take part in the shooting. Prince Philip was able to inadvertently swerve the criticisms of his actions because he didn’t take part in the controversial event.

It was the duke’s treasurer, Sir Christopher Bonham-Carter, who shot the fatal bullet and killed the tigress. Bonham-Carter was left with no choice because the 97-year-old husband of the Queen knew that canceling the event was not an option.

Prince Philip made headlines this week after it was revealed that he did an absurd thing during the birth of Prince Charles. Instead of staying at the palace while Her Majesty was in labor, the duke opted to play squash. He also enjoyed a dip in the pool and was only told about his son’s birth by his footman.

By the looks of it, Prince Harry won’t follow in Prince Philip’s footsteps of not being there while his wife is giving birth. In fact, there are rumors that Meghan will give birth at home, so the Duke of Sussex will most likely be around.

Prince Philip Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in his role as Captain General, Royal Marines, attends a Parade to mark the finale of the 1664 Global Challenge on the Buckingham Palace Forecourt in central London on August 2, 2017. YUI MOK/AFP/Getty Images