An otherwise somber procession for the late Queen Elizabeth II was tarnished Monday as the presence of her dishonored son, Prince Andrew, incited a protest leading to an arrest.
The newly crowned King Charles III was joined by his siblings, Princess Anne, Prince Edward and Prince Andrew in Edinburgh, Scotland as part of the ongoing memorial service where they marched behind the queen’s hearse on the way to St. Giles’ Cathedral from the monarch’s Holyroodhouse.
The solemn crowd looked on in silence at the royal proceeding allowing for a heckler to be heard clearly as he berated the Duke of York.
“Andrew, you’re a sick old man,” the heckler shouted from the crowd before other attendees swiftly turned on him.
Somebody yells out, “Andrew, you’re a sick old man” to Prince Andrew, who is walking behind Queen Elizabeth’s coffin pic.twitter.com/M6DsyuPLXR
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) September 12, 2022
As the Queen’s cortège moved up the Royal Mile, a member of public shouted at Prince Andrew -‘Andrew you’re a sick old man’, as he walked next to King Charles, Prince Edward & Princess Anne, behind their mother’s hearse. Immediately people shouted ‘God Save the King’ pic.twitter.com/pJAHnjSou4
— Victoria Derbyshire (@vicderbyshire) September 12, 2022
Prince Andrew heckled as the Queen's coffin passes pic.twitter.com/85m9jUgszF
— Christopher Marshall (@chrismarshll) September 12, 2022
While others shoved the heckler, who was later said to be identified as a 22-year-old named Rory, Scotland Police can be seen hauling him away with one voice defending him shouting, “Hands off him.”
“Disgusting!” the young man yelled, as officers removed him from the crowd. He is then seen holding his hands up in innocence declaring, “I’ve done nothing wrong.”
Meanwhile, the crowd attempted to recapture the mood of the procession by chanting, “God save the King.”
When interviewed after his arrest, the young man explained himself, plainly stating, “Powerful men shouldn’t be allowed to commit sexual crimes and get away with it.”
Spoke to the protestor who was arrested on the Royal Mile today for shouting abuse at Prince Andrew during the Queen’s procession – his name is Rory, here’s what he had to say: pic.twitter.com/8GTwnVGLF7
— Joseph Anderson (@janderson_news) September 12, 2022
Earlier this year, Prince Andrew was stripped of his royal title and all honors by Queen Elizabeth II as a U.S. lawsuit alleged he had slept with then 17-year-old Virginia Roberts Giuffre as part of the illicit enterprise ascribed to Jeffrey Epstein.
While the Duke of York denied all charges, he did go on to settle with Giuffre for a sum of $12 million.
Queen Elizabeth finally gave Prince Andrew the royal boot, stripped his title in stone-cold way https://t.co/c9qiDk5euG
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) January 14, 2022
Social media reacted in defense of the heckler as they further decried Prince Andrew’s reputation and his participation in the procession.
If Prince Andrew didn’t want to be heckled then he should have stayed at home. He was relieved of Royal Duties in 2020 after letting down his mother spectacularly, so he shouldn’t be using her death as an excuse to try sanitising his reputation. Arresting hecklers is grotesque
— Matt Zarb-Cousin (@mattzarb) September 12, 2022
I saw a young man assaulted twice in front of police officers after protesting that Prince Andrew was disgusting. They took no action against his assaulters despite the incidents being filmed and published on social media. Can you rectify that miscarriage of justice please?
— Somhairlín MacAulay #FBSI 🏴🇪🇺 (@AirsonAlba) September 12, 2022
It is never the wrong time or place to protest against the presence of Prince Andrew
— Council Estate Socialism (@RickyDHale) September 12, 2022
Of course, the scandal-ridden prince didn’t help his case when he was caught on camera allegedly groping his own daughter as they looked at the flowers left in honor of the queen.
24 hours on from this incident with Prince Andrew and his daughter Princess Eugenie being posted on Twitter, a news blackout from the mainstream media.
That’s no coincidence.
That’s why we need alt-media and that's why the establishment want rid of it.pic.twitter.com/0CtNboG5Xq
— Ragged Trousered Philanderer (@RaggedTP) September 11, 2022
Why would anyone be surprised at Prince Andrew touching his daughter inappropriately? pic.twitter.com/RMuzYIhfaE
— Anthony Brian Logan (ABL) 🇺🇸 (@ANTHONYBLOGAN) September 12, 2022
Having been stripped of his honor, the veteran of the Falklands War was prohibited from wearing his military dress for the remainder of the events honoring Queen Elizabeth II save for the final vigil to be held at Westminster Hall, according to journalist Omid Scobie.
Friend to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, Scobie noted that Harry, himself a 10-year veteran, was not yet expected to receive such an exception after separating himself from the royal family to move to America.
“As a non-working member of the family, Prince Andrew will not wear uniform to above events. However, ‘as a special mark of respect’, a royal source says he will at the final vigil in Westminster Hall. The Palace have yet to say whether this exception also applies to Prince Harry,” the journalist wrote before adding, “CONFIRMED: I understand that, unlike Prince Andrew at final vigil, Prince Harry will NOT be allowed to wear uniform at any ceremonial events . No doubt a huge blow for the Duke of Sussex, who served for 10 years and this morning spoke of the Queen being his ‘commander-in-chief’.”
CONFIRMED: I understand that, unlike Prince Andrew at final vigil, Prince Harry will NOT be allowed to wear uniform at any ceremonial events . No doubt a huge blow for the Duke of Sussex, who served for 10 years and this morning spoke of the Queen being his “commander-in-chief”.
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) September 12, 2022
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