Employee Who Disparaged Prince George on Facebook to Be Disciplined
The British Council is taking disciplinary action against one of its employees after she posted disparaging comments about Prince George and the royal family to her Facebook page.
“This comment was made on a private social media account. It has absolutely no connection to the British Council and does not represent our views and values,” the council said in a statement.
The British Council works to enhance cultural relations between the United Kingdom and other nations.
Angela Gibbins, a manager for the British Council, ranted against the royal family, particularly 3-year-old George, in a now-deleted post on Facebook, according to The Sun.
“White privilege. That cheeky grin is the (already locked-in) is the innate knowledge he’s Royal, rich, advantaged and will never know *any* [sic] difficulties or hardships in life,” wrote Gibbins under a photo of George. “Let’s find photos of 3yo Syrian refugee children and see if they look alike, eh?”
The royal family released photos of George celebrating his third birthday on July 22.
Gibbins’s comments caught the attention of her Facebook friends, with many reprimanding the 52-year-old for her statements.
“You are a total idiot Angela, to look at the picture of a child and be filled with nothing but hatred for them. You are a disgrace to humanity,” wrote Facebook user.
Another wrote: “You look at a smiling child and this is the kind of stuff you think? You need some time off the internet.”
Despite the backlash, Gibbins stood by her original remarks.
“I have a multi-faceted political opinion. That’s not hate, and I hate no human being on this planet as an individual,” Gibbins wrote in response. “But I do disagree with the system that creates privilege of any sort. And I have a dedication to calling that out for what it is.”
Parliament member Andrew Rosindell called for an apology from Gibbins.