A charity worker who criticised Prince George on her private Facebook wall for being ‘privileged’ and ‘living on public money’ has had her name raked through the mud in the media.
The woman, who works for The British Council, is reported to have commented on a trending picture of the Prince which had been captioned: ‘I know he’s only two years old, but Prince George already looks like a fucking dickhead.’
The woman faced a ludicrous amount of backlash for her comments after they were featured on the front page of The Sun newspaper, accusing her of going on a ‘vile rant’, despite her not actually being the one who called George a ‘dickhead’.
In fairness to The Sun, they do explain that the worker wasn’t the one who wrote the ‘dickhead’ comment in the body of the text.
However, on the main page of their website they include the caption in a way that makes it look, to those who haven’t read the story, that she was the one who wrote those comments.
Her actual comments were:
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?
Personally, while I think calling Prince George a ‘fucking dickhead’ is totally out of order – he’s three for Christ’s sake – there’s nothing wrong with pointing out that the Royals are extremely privileged, and that’s all she did.
Meanwhile the British Council, a charitable organisation which promotes international cultural and educational opportunities across the world, and has the queen as a patron, have said that these comments were ‘not representative of the organisation’s views’.
And while other users on Facebook have criticised her comments, she’s stuck by her guns, saying: “I’m sound in my socialist, atheist and republican opinions.”
The British Council manager went on to explain that she has a ‘multi-faceted political opinion’, and that she doesn’t hate any human being on this planet as an individual.
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.
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.
While there are many who will no doubt agree with her, Prince George didn’t choose to be born a royal and her comments were probably ill-advised – but that doesn’t mean she should be publicly shamed for expressing her opinion.