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Prince Andrew is heckled during procession of The Queen’s coffin in Edinburgh

The Duke of York has been heckled as he walked with his siblings behind the coffin of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

As the royals walked behind the hearse conveying The Queen’s coffin to St. Giles’ Cathedral from the Palace of Holyroodhouse, a man in the crowd shouted ”Andrew, you’re a sick old man.” There were immediately shouts of ‘God Save The King’ to drown out the heckle.

A video of the incident showed another crowd member pushing him to the ground. Police intervened and took the heckler away. Police Scotland later said ”A 22-year old man was arrested in connection with a breach of the peace on the Royal Mile around 2.50pm on Monday, 12 September 2022.”

Prince Andrew is now no longer a working royal and lost all his patronages and military associations following a court case which he settled out of court. He had been accused of sexual assault, an allegation he always denied. However, he came to a financial settlement with Virgina Guiffre who brought the case without it being heard in court.

Earlier in the day, it was confirmed that the Duke would not be allowed to wear military uniform at any of the processions over the coming days. Only working members of the family will be allowed to wear uniform. However, it was also confirmed that Prince Andrew would be permitted to wear uniform for the vigil he will keep at his mother’s coffin in Westminster Hall.

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is now at rest in St. Giles’ Cathedral where thousands are queuing to pay their respects.

About author

Lydia Starbuck is Jubilee and Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton who is a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. Her latest book, A History of British Royal Jubilees, is out now. Her new book, The Mysterious Death of Katherine Parr, will be published in March 2024. June is an award winning reporter, producer and editor. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.