The British Council has been taken to an employment tribunal by a former senior employee who left the organisation after being investigated for derogatory comments she made about Prince George on Facebook.
Angela Gibbins, former head of global estates at the charity, was investigated in July last year after she commented on a Facebook post by another user, which said, according to reports at the time, that although Prince George was only three years old he "already looks like a f****** d***head.
According to reports, Gibbins responded to the post with the comment: "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 Queen is the patron of the British Council, which had an income of £979.6m in the year to 31 March 2016.
The charity said at the time that the comments were made in a personal capacity and did not reflect the views of the British Council, but it was investigating. It later posted a statement saying it had started disciplinary proceedings.
Gibbins subsequently left the organisation.
The tribunal case is currently being heard in central London.
A spokeswoman for the British Council said: "We can confirm that an employment tribunal for Angela Gibbins – the former head of global estates at the British Council – is currently taking place. We are unable to comment further until the tribunal is over because we do not want to prejudice proceedings."