In a shocking slur of an attack on the Royal Family, a woman from the British Council has said Prince George lives on ‘public money’ and under ‘white privilege’.
Angela Gibbins, who is head of global estates at the government-funded language assistantship organisation, commented on a photo of the 3-year-old prince which had been captioned: “I know he’s only two years old, but Prince George already looks like a f****** d***head.”
While Gibbins did not write the caption, her comment beneath showed her true republican feelings. “White privilege. That cheeky grin is the innate knowledge he’s royal, rich, advantaged and will never know *any* difficulties or hardships in life.
“Let’s find photos of 3yo Syrian refugee children and see if they look alike, eh?”
The British Council sends Brits abroad to help teach English, and promotes the UK in over 100 countries. It is a charity with a Royal Charter – and its patron is Her Majesty.
“I’m sound in my socialist, atheist and republican opinions,” Gibbins defended herself. “I don’t believe the 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.”
The organisation has pledged to investigate Angela’s comments.
“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.”
While republicans are certainly entitled to voice their opinion, this personal attack on George was unnecessary. He almost certainly cannot comprehend the position he has been born into: to one day be King.
His privilege also comes at a cost to his personal life – committing likely decades of his time to public duties, as well as press intrusion, which George seems to have already experienced. The good work with charitable organisations is also one which is often not taken into account by those with such views: any president or politician elected as Head of State does not have the time to carry out all the work that the Royal Family does, so less people would be recognised for their positive contributions to their communities.
She also mistakenly says the Royal Family live on public money – The Queen receives a portion of the money that the Crown Estate makes over the year, with the Treasury acting as the intermediary for the money. George does not receive ANY of this – he and his parents are funded by Prince Charles’ Duchy of Cornwall, on which he pays tax. You can read more about its finances here.
If you are interested in how the Royal Family is funded, read ‘The myths of Royal Finance debunked’.
What are your thoughts on this personal attack?