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British Council boss attacks Prince George for 'white privilege' and living 'on public money'

The Telegraph logo The Telegraph 26/07/2016 By Sophie Jamieson

Prince George © PA Prince George A British Council manager reportedly criticised three-year-old Prince George for being privileged, rich and living "on public money".

Angela Gibbins, Head of Global Estates for the organisation, which works in international education and is partially funded by the taxpayer, made angry comments about the Prince on social media, according to tabloid reports.

The Sun reported that she posted a message beneath a picture attacking the toddler's appearance saying: "White privilege. That cheeky grin is the innate knowledge he's royal, rich, advantages and will never know ANY difficulties or hardships in life".

Others replied in outrage, but Ms Gibbins is said to have responded: "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.” 

Her employer said the comments had "absolutely no connection to the British Council", but they would be investigated as "the highest standards" are expected from staff.

The British Council works in more than 100 countries to provide educational opportunities and cultural relations and is sponsored by the Foreign Office.

Ms Gibbins is reported to earn around £80,000 a year from her role at the organisation. 

The 52-year-old lists her interests on Twitter as "socialist politics, human rights, allotments". 

Ms Gibbins, who lives in Walthamstow, northeast London, says on her LinkedIn profile that she has been recognised as one of the "most influential women in the facilities management profession in 2007".

A spokeswoman for the British Council told the Telegraph: "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."

The Telegraph could not reach Ms Gibbins for comment on Monday night.


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