British Council boss sacked for rant about Prince George sues for ‘discrimination'


A British Council boss sacked over a shocking Facebook rant about Prince George is suing her former employer for discrimination.

Angela Gibbins, former head of global estates at the charity, was suspended and later fired after branding the royal tot “white privilege”.

The British Council, which promotes the UK and the English language in more than 100 countries, said her alleged comments were not representative of the organisation’s views.

But last week, Ms Gibbins took the organisation to employment tribunal, claiming unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal and ‘belief discrimination’, the Daily Mail reported.

The British Council has pledged to investigate comments, allegedly made by one its senior employees Angela Gibbins on Facebook, which criticise Prince George for living "on public money"
Gibbins was suspended and later sacked for gross misconduct

Ms Gibbins commented on a picture of the young Prince which someone had captioned: “I know he’s only two years old, but Prince George already looks like a f*****g d***head.”

The photograph of Prince George was taken for a set of stamps to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday when he was two years old.

She said: “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?”

Angela Gibbins leaves Central London Employment Tribunal.

When she was criticised by other Facebook users, Ms Gibbins 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.”

“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 comments were leaked and sparked a backlash when they were reported in the media.

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Prince George of Cambridge visits the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford on July 8, 2016 in Fairford, England.
Ms Gibbins compared Prince George’s life to that of a refugee

A spokeswoman for the British Council said at the time: “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.”

Angela Gibbins refused to meet Prince Charles when he toured their office

Prince George
Prince George was branded “white privilege’

But Central London Employment Tribunal heard claims that the Council made the decision to “hang the claimant out to dry”, the Mail reported.

In her witness statement, Ms Gibbins said her long-held republican views were well known at the British Council.

She said: “I had always been open and honest about these if asked. I can remember being variously bated as “the red under the bed” or “the quiet Corbynista” in meetings with senior colleagues, many of whom often made disparaging jokes about my Left-wing views.”

The British Council has a Royal Charter and its patron is the Queen.



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