A SENIOR manager at the British Council, an organisation charged with promoting British interests abroad, has landed herself in hot water after launching a strangely personal attack on three-year-old Prince George.
Angela Gibbins, a 52-year-old head of global estates who oversees hundreds of properties and dozens of staff, described the young son of Prince William and his wife Kate as a “rich, royal”, example of “white privilege” who lives “off public money”, after suggesting that he already looks like a “f*****g” “d*****d”.
“White privilege. That cheeky grin is the innate knowledge he’s royal, rich, advantages and will never know ANY difficulties or hardships in life” she wrote, adding “Let’s find photos of 3yo Syrian refugee children and see if they look alike, eh?”
When confronted online about her remarks, Gibbins is said to have replied: “I’m sound in my socialist, atheist and republican opinions.”
“I don’t believethe royal family have any place in a modern democracy, least of all when they live on public money. That’s privilege and it needs to end.”
There is a growing republican movement in the UK as the royal family becomes increasingly distant from the public eye, considered an atavistic embarrassment and throwback to a more deferent age.
The royals have also come under fire for their vast property and real estate empires, favourably secured through public financing, as well as nepotistic connections to arms dealers, totalitarian states and the highest levels of government, business and media.
It was recently revealed that politicians routinely exploit an obsession among certain swivel-eyed sections of the public with the royals in order to cover up hard news stories with a barrage of pantomimed family photos and banal stories on their achingly dull adventures.
The irony of course is that Gibbins reportedly earns £80,000 a year from an organisation funded by the taxpayer, and fronted by the Queen, which has been widely condemned for its lavish financing of in-house staff perks and benefits.
She commands none of the public empathy afforded to William and his wife, nor toddlers in general, and appears to have shot herself in the foot with an immature attack of almost fantastical hypocrisy given her own high degree of “white privilege”.
A spokeswoman for the British Council said: “This comment was made on a private social media account.
“It has absolutely no connection to the British Council and does not represent the views of the British Council.
“That said, we expect the highest standards of our staff and we will be investigating the matter further.”
Which, in common parlance, means she’s finished.