Jeremy Vine has been hit with Ofcom complaints after viewers accused him of ‘race baiting’ for pointing out all 30 attendees for Prince Philip’s funeral would be white.
The Duke Of Edinburgh died aged 99 earlier this month, with his funeral taking place at St Geroge’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on Saturday.
Before the royal was laid to rest, Jeremy launched a discussion about the race of those attending and asked broadcaster Shay Grewal whether they thought it was a ‘problem’ they were all white.
‘We are going to see a group of 30 people who are going to be at this very restricted funeral,’ Jeremy 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?’
Jeremy Vine sparked uproar as he discussed whether it was a ‘problem’ that the guests at Prince Philip would be white (Picture: Five)
Television watchdog Ofcom has confirmed that 139 complaints were made regarding the scenes at hand.
Viewers were furious about Jeremy’s remarks and flooded Twitter in anger.
‘Jeremy Vine even manages to turn HRH Prince Philip’s funeral into a race issue,’ blasted one. ‘I’m so tired of this divisive narrative. Identity politics has taken over and it’s insidious.
‘I appreciate the irony of this, but can we please stop talking about race!’
The Queen’s husband Prince Philip was laid to rest on Saturday (Picture: AP)
Echoing a similar sentiment, another scorned: ‘Why does Jeremy Vine still allowed this level of race baiting on live TV, it’s a family funeral and none of them are black so the answers obvious.’
The BBC’s coverage of the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh was watched by an average of almost seven million people.
Prince Philip’s coffin, draped with his personal standard, featured his Admiral of the Fleet naval cap and sword next to a wreath of white flowers chosen by the Queen with a handwritten card from his wife of 73 years.
Prince Charles was joined by the Princess Royal, Duke of York and Earl of Wessex as they walked behind Philip’s coffin – which was carried by a Land Rover Defender hearse he helped design – during the funeral procession.
Following closely behind were the duke’s grandsons the Duke of Sussex, Duke of Cambridge and Peter Phillips, and Vice Admiral Tim Laurence, the Princess Royal’s husband, and the Queen’s nephew the Earl of Snowdon.
Credit: Original article published here.