Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has been filmed describing as “very rude” China’s treatment of the U.K.’s ambassador to Beijing.
The queen’s remarks were made Tuesday to Lucy D’Orsi, the Metropolitan Police Commander. The BBC points out royal garden parties are filmed by a cameraman who covers the palace for British broadcasters. A spokesman for Buckingham Palace declined to comment on the queen’s remarks, but insisted that Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to the U.K. last October had been successful. Beijing echoed those sentiments.
But the controversy sparked by the queen’s unguarded remarks against a country the British are courting is likely to deflect some of the attention from Prime Minister David Cameron’s own comments to the queen about Nigeria and Afghanistan, countries he described as “fantastically corrupt.” Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who is in London for an anti-corruption summit, did not disagree with that assessment. When asked if his country was indeed “fantastically corrupt,” he replied, simply: “Yes.”