Queen Elizabeth II has been caught criticizing Chinese diplomats as “very rude” during President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the UK.
She was overheard making such remarks while talking to a Metropolitan Police Service commander, just hours after Prime Minister David Cameron was filmed telling her that Afghanistan and Nigeria were “fantastically corrupt.”
The conversation with Commander Lucy D’Orsi began with the Queen quipping “oh, bad luck” when a palace official talked about how the officer had been assigned as Gold Commander for the state visit of the Chinese president in October.
The UK police had been “seriously undermined by the Chinese” in their handling of the visit, but the officer had managed to “hold her own,” D’Orsi said.
The officer described how Chinese officials left a meeting with Barbara Woodward, British ambassador to China, at Lancaster House, telling them the trip was off.
The Queen said, “They were very rude to the ambassador.”
The conversation was being recorded as the Queen was greeting guests in the gardens of Buckingham Palace for an event held to mark her 90th birthday.
In a video released on Tuesday, Cameron was also caught on camera telling the Queen and some political figures that it was unfortunate that Afghanistan and Nigeria would attend Thursday’s anti-corruption summit in London.
“We had a very successful Cabinet meeting this morning to talk about our anti-corruption summit. We’ve got the Nigerians, actually we’ve got the leaders of some fantastically corrupt countries coming to Britain,” he told the Queen.
“Nigeria and Afghanistan [are] possibly the two most corrupt countries in the world,” Cameron said.