Prince George has been described as a prime example of “white privilege” by a member of the British Council.
The senior British Council executive, Angela Gibbins posted the comments about the then age two Prince George after an official photo marking Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday was released.
The British Council is a UK-based charity working to highlight British culture around the world, Gibbins is head of global estates for the charity.
Her comments were written under the newly released picture on Facebook saying: “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,”
Many people responded defending the young toddler to which Gibbins continued to defend herself.
“I’m sound in my socialist, atheist and republican opinions. 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” she wrote.
The British Council is now investigating Gibbins and has urged that her comments are not the views of the charity.
A spokesperson 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.”
Her Majesty The Queen is patron of the British Council which also holds a Royal Charter. Sponsored by the UK Foreign Office, educational opportunities and cultural relations are provided in over 100 countries.
Just last week, Prince George celebrated his 3rd birthday on 22 July. His parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released new pictures of the prince in celebration of his birthday.