>> Britain's usually demure leaders may need a few lessons on biting their tongues, especially when there are cameras around. The Queen, caught accusing the Chinese of being rude during President Xi Jinping's state visit to Britain last year.>> They were very rude to the ambassador.>> Comments not meant for public consumption.
It's not the first time the royals' stiff upper lips have gone curly. In the 1980s her husband, Prince Philip, warned British students in China they'd get slitty eyes if they stayed too long, and Prince Charles famously described Chinese officials as a appalling old waxworks. There must have been something in the tea this week.
Prime Minister David Cameron was at it too, caught on camera telling the Queen that Afghanistan and Nigeria are fantastically corrupt.>> Nigeria and Afghanistan, possibly the two most corrupt countries.>> Heads of State from both countries due at an anti-corruption summit on Sunday. Cameron has experience in this arena.
Having already broken protocol that conversations with the queen are private, telling former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg how the queen reacted to Scotland voting no to independence. The palace and the Chinese seem over the fuss, both insisting G's visit was a success, at least in public.