Jeremy has been slammed online following a recent segment (Picture: Channel 5)
Jeremy Vine has been slammed by angry viewers and accused of ‘race-baiting’ after pointing out all 30 attendees for Prince Philip’s funeral tomorrow would be white.
It comes after it was confirmed who would be attending the service, to be held at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, on Saturday, following the Duke of Edinburgh’s death last Friday aged 99.
On yesterday’s programme Vine got into a conversation about the race of those attending, asking a guest on his Channel 5 show, broadcaster Shay Grewal, whether they thought it was a ‘problem’ they were all white.
The clip soon emerged on social media and enraged many a punter who felt the comments were unnecessary and served to stir up controversy – which followed accusations of racism within the Royal Family, after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s explosive tell-all interview with Oprah last month.
‘We are going to see a group of 30 people who are going to be at this very restricted funeral,’ he said.
‘I’m imagining it will be 30 people who are white. I’m just trying to think whether there’s anybody of colour in there and I don’t think so.
‘Do you think that’s a problem?’
Grewal responded that she didn’t view it as a problem, adding: ‘At the end of the day, the Royal Family are a family.’
The reaction on social media was vitriolic as people slammed the host for turning the conversation into something about race, with many dubbing it a ‘divisive narrative’.
One angry viewer wrote: ‘I am genuinely staggered at this statement from Jeremy Vine. It’s pure race baiting.’
Others called on the broadcaster to ‘issue an apology’ as another chimed in: ‘It’s not a problem but let’s ask the question anyway so that we can try to turn it into one. How is this not simply race baiting?’
This week it was confirmed only 30 people will be attending the funeral, due to coronavirus restrictions, with the Queen forced to sit alone due to guidelines.
She will be joined at the service by family including Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Prince Harry will also be in attendance however a heavily-pregnant Duchess of Sussex was advised by doctors not to travel from the US to the UK for the funeral.