The British Council has begun disciplinary proceedings against a senior employee after she posted derogatory comments on Facebook about Prince George.
According to reports, Angela Gibbins, head of global estates at the charity, posted a comment on a picture of Prince George on the social media site that said: "White privilege. That cheeky grin is the (already locked-in) innate knowledge that he’s royal, rich, advantaged and will never know any difficulties or hardships in life."
The Facebook user who posted the picture (not Gibbins) said that, although Prince George was only three years old, he "already looks like a f****** d***head", reports said.
Gibbins also made comments about the royal family, saying it "doesn’t have any place in a modern democracy" and that they "live on public money". She said she was "sound in my socialist, atheist and republican opinions".
The British Council, of which the Queen is patron and which has an annual income of almost £973m, said in a statement that the comments were made in a private capacity and would be investigated.
"This comment was made on a private social media account," the statement said.
"It has absolutely no connection to the British Council and does not represent the views of the British Council. That said, we expect the highest standards of our staff and we will be investigating the matter further."
A further statement posted by the British Council said the charity had started disciplinary proceedings.
According to her LinkedIn profile, Gibbins has been head of global estates at the British Council since July 2012, and has been at the charity since December 2008.
The profile says she previously held roles at Amnesty International and Friends of the Earth.