Chinese state-run media on Thursday criticised British media for their reports on Queen Elizabeth II's remarks calling Chinese officials "very rude", but said ties between Beijing and Britain would not be affected.
The Queen found herself in the middle of a diplomatic row after video footage showed her describing Chinese officials as "very rude," as she discussed Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Britain last year. China reportedly blacked out the comments, made during a garden party at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, from BBC TV reports on Wednesday.
On Thursday, Chinese daily Global Times, published by the ruling Communist Party's official People's Daily, hit out at the British media for the reports, and said it would be "truly boorish and rude" if British officials had intentionally leaked the video.
"The disrespectful gossipers in the media there, narcissistic and baring their fangs, seemingly retain vestiges of the inelegance of barbarians," the newspaper said in a Chinese-language article, according to Reuters.
Several Chinese also took to social media to criticise the British "arrogance," with one netizen reportedly saying "every country's customs are different, OK - not all people must cater to you, [sic]" according to AFP.
The Queen's rare political gaffe was caught on camera when she was talking to Metropolitan police commander Lucy D'Orsi, who was described in the video as the "gold commander during the Chinese state visit." D'Orsi is heard saying the Chinese state visit was a "testing time" for her, and the Queen is heard telling her "bad luck."
"They were very rude to the ambassador [Barbara Woodward, Britain's first female ambassador to China]," the Queen said.