‘This is how you treat him?’ KCL student slams university over Prince Philip photo apology

King's College slammed by student for Philip apology

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Conservative commentator and Tory activist Emily Hewertson lashed out at her own university, King’s College London, after the university issued a grovelling apology to lecturers after they complained about being emailed a picture of the late Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Lecturers branded the late Duke as “racist” and “sexist” and said the image “harmed” them, forcing King’s to apologise. But the apology has supercharged a ferocious backlash from the public with Hewertson labelling the move a “disgrace” and an “embarrassment” for the university in a ferocious tirade on talkRADIO.

Emily Hewertson said: “All I can say is that I am deeply embarrassed and ashamed to say I am a King’s College London student.

“I mean this man was a governor of our university since 1955.”

She slammed: “And for all he did for us – this is how we treat him!”

And went on to add: “It is so embarrassing and I really am ashamed.”

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She added: “Universities are supposed to encourage rational thought and debate.

“Yet we have lecturers that are apparently offended by a photo of a great British servant!

“And it makes me question if we have these people working in our universities how does that come across to our students?

“We are supposed to be encouraging debate in our university, different ways of thinking.”

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The Conservative commentator added: “We have known for a while that universities have a certain bias.

“But this was just hugely disappointing because it is someone that has done a lot not just for the university but for the country in general.

“And young people through the Duke of Edinburgh scheme.”

Ms Hewertson concluded by saying: “It is just a disgraceful way to treat someone who has done so much.”

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Ms Hewertson’s comments come after King’s College London apologised to staff after sending an email which included a picture of the late Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh after he died, which supposedly “harmed” lecturers. 

In the picture, Prince Philip can be seen opening the university’s Maughan Library, where he was a governor since 1955, alongside the Queen.

But lecturers said they were “harmed” by the picture of “racist” and “sexist” Prince Philip, with Jolene Clark, the associate director of KCL libraries, issuing a grovelling email to lecturers who did not like the picture.

The decision by KCL to apologise sparked fury across the country with people up in arms about the decision including LBC’s Andrew Castle who branded the lecturers “very frail, vulnerable folk” and questioned why the university even apologised.

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