Chinese authorities are remaining tight-lipped following a rare diplomatic gaffe by the Queen, but their real displeasure has been made plain by their apparent censorship of the BBC’s coverage of the incident.
The Queen was caught on microphone by the broadcaster sharing her private thoughts about the country’s diplomats at a garden party when gossiping about last year’s state visit to Britain by Chinese president Xi Jinping
The monarch remarked that Jinping’s entourage of officials ‘… were very rude to the ambassador’ whilst in conversation with Metropolitan police commander Lucy D’Orsi, who had overseen security during the October visit.
Coverage of the undiplomatic language was subsequently picked up by BBC World TV, although their reports have reportedly been taken off air in China with the broadcaster claiming its bulletins were ‘blanked out’.
Just yesterday the prime minister was caught out in a similar blunder after filmed describing Afghanistan and Nigeria, attendees at an anti-corruption summit in London this week, as being themselves ‘fantastically corrupt’.