It came from a resurfaced video of legendary Only Fools and Horses actor Sir David Jason appearing as a guest on the BBC’s live coverage of the Queen’s 90th Birthday. He was joined by author Michael Morpurgo and rapper will.i.am, in a chat with presenter Kirsty Young. The four celebrities were swapping stories about times they had met the Queen, with Ms Young asking Sir David to share one of his anecdotes about her sense of humour.
He said in 2016: ”Well, she has always been quite proper really.
”But I do remember seeing a piece of off-the-cuff television when she was talking to family about an ambassador that came from another country.
“She said, ‘Actually I thought that I was talking to a gorilla’.
“That shows that she has got a sense of humour.”
The clip is trending online again today, where it has racked up almost half a million views, with many dubbing Her Majesty as a “racist” and calling to “cancel” Sir David for humouring her.
One noted: “If this doesn’t define institutionalised racism I don’t know what does. David Jason, what a disappointment.”
Another added: “Can we just stop this pretence that the Queen is a nice old lady. Who says something like that, seriously?”
A third stated: “This is peak English racism. They do it right in front of you with a smile on their face, and you’re the a******e for not joining in.”
And a fourth warned: “Just watched David Jason flush the remains of his career down the toilet.”
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“Look at all the people tweeting that he’s racist and then realise what a bunch of clueless sheep they are. Point and laugh at them.”
And a fourth summed up the ordeal: “All the snowflakes having a go at David Jason for recalling a story of the Queen, who called someone a gorilla years ago.
“Snowflakes failed to research who the Queen was talking about.”
It comes as the Queen mourns the death of her husband after 73 years of marriage together.
The Royal Family broke its silence this morning to comment on the passing of Prince Philip yesterday, aged 99.
The Royal Family tweeted: “He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know.”
The quote was taken from the Queen’s speech to mark their golden wedding anniversary in 1997.
The post had been reshared from the Royal Family’s official account by other members of the Firm.
The tribute was retweeted by Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William’s Kensington Royal account minutes after it was first shared.