THE Queen was caught out by her own cameraman dropping an undiplomatic clanger about “rude” Chinese officials during their politically sensitive visit last year, The Sun reports.
The monarch made the rare indiscreet comments at a posh garden party in the grounds of Buckingham Palace to celebrate her 90th birthday when she was introduced to a Met Police officer, who had been in charge of security during President Xi’s visit.
The Queen began her conversation with Commander Lucy D’Orsi by quipping “oh, bad luck” when a palace official described how the officer had been “seriously undermined by the Chinese”.
The Queen said: “They were very rude to the ambassador.”
Lord Chamberlain: Can I present Commander Lucy D’Orsi, who was Gold Commander during the Chinese state visit¿
Queen: Oh, bad luck
Lord Chamberlain: And who was seriously, seriously undermined by the Chinese, but she managed to hold her own and remain in command.
And her mother, Judith, who’s involved in child protection and social work.
Commander D’Orsi’s mother: Yes, I’m very proud of my daughter.
Lord Chamberlin: You must tell your story.
Commander D’Orsi: Yes, I was the Gold Commander so I’m not sure whether you knew, but it was quite a testing time for me.
Queen: Yes, I did.
Commander D’Orsi: It was, er, I think at the point that they walked out of Lancaster House and told me that the trip was off, that I felt err¿
Queen: They were very rude to the ambassador.
Cmdr D’Orsi: They were, well, yes she was, Barbara was with me and they walked out on both of us.
Commander D’Orsi’s mother: I know, it’s unbelievable.
Commander D’Orsi: It was very rude and very undiplomatic I thought…
The indiscretion was all the more remarkable as she would have known just hours earlier David Cameron had been caught out by her official long-serving cameraman Peter Wilkinson calling Nigeria and Afghanistan “fantastically corrupt”.
The PM was overheard telling the Queen and the Archbishop of Canterbury: “We had a very successful cabinet meeting this morning, talking about our anti-corruption summit.
“We have got the Nigerians – actually we have got some leaders of some fantastically corrupt countries coming to Britain.”
The Queen failed to respond, before Cameron added: “Nigeria and Afghanistan – possibly two of the most corrupt countries in the world.” It is the latest in a series of indiscretions from her the Queen. Earlier this year The Sun revealed the Queen’s Eurosceptic outburst during a lunch with MPs.
And during the Scottish referendum, the monarch warned Scots to “think very carefully about the future” in another unguarded comment.