A bizarre advertisement produced by the UK-based Chengdu Association for Cultural Exchange with Foreign Countries to promote its fleet of 50 ‘panda cabs’ plowing the streets of London has rubbed up the British in the wrong way. In the 2-minute advert, an actress playing Queen Elizabeth is seen hailing a taxi while telling ‘Prince William’ and ‘Kate Middleton’ they need to tighten their belts by taking the cab. An annoyed ‘Kate’ then moans, “I just don’t understand why we cannot take the royal limo. I didn’t marry into royalty to schlep around in a taxi.”
While a spokesperson with the Chengdu Association described the ad as just a bit of “harmless fun”, the video was criticised by many British internet users who saw it, says the Daily Mail:
According to the Express, Janet Steele wrote: ‘I think this is disgraceful, where is the harmless fun in mocking such lovely people?’
While Keith Harrison added: ‘Hmm, the same nation that believes dried, ground tiger penis to be a medicine has the right to ridicule our monarchy?
‘Only WE are allowed to ridicule our monarchy! And the Queen deserves more respect than this!’