A Buckingham palace guard will not be working at the upcoming nuptials of Kate Middleton and Prince William of Wales because of offensive Facebook postings.
The British Ministry of Defense told CNN Monday that the guard, Cameron Reilly, made several racist and vicious online rants which were removed from the site. Reilly faces dismissal from the Scots Guards that he’d joined last year.
He was supposed to be one of several hundred guardsmen chosen to work during the Royal wedding scheduled for this Friday, April 29.
Reilly had joined Facebook last year and has reportedly posted bizarre comments with increasing frequency, and apparently without making use of the site’s privacy settings.
According to British tabloids, the 18-year-old posted such anti-semitic remarks as “Watching a massive Jew gathering at the Tower of London. Have never seen so many rabbis in my life.” A friend replied “Get the rifle out!” In another off-color posting, the youth referred to London as a “Paki holding cell.” (The term Paki is an offensive label used to describe Pakistanis.)
Reilly’s posts also reportedly called U.K. media darling Middleton, a “stupid, stuck-up cow” some time after she and Prince William drove past the guard last month, according to the U.K.’s Daily Mail, Prince William and Middleton drove past Reilly last month.
Reilly, who regularly patroled the palace in his uniform and famed bearskin hat, became irrate when all he received from Middleton was a “sh***y wave” while she looked the opposite way from him. Reilly felt that Middleton was discounting his worth and the young man’s Facebook posting at the time. He posted: “Am I not good enough for them! Posh b***h. Who really gives a f**k about her?”
Like a senior Royal source told People,“This is a treacherous slur on the character of the future Queen. Serious questions need to be asked over this man’s suitability to be part of a regiment whose duty is to protect the sovereign. The Scots Guards would never condone one of its own expressing views such as this.”
Here’s a perfect case-in-point for watching what you say in a public forum. Readers, has anything you posted on Facebook come back to haunt you?