Meghan’s biographer red-faced after ‘string of blunders’

Omid Scobie makes blunder over Queen’s coffin journey

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s biographer has been left red-faced after he suggested Scotland is not part of the UK as he covered the death of the Queen. Omid Scobie, co-author of Finding Freedom, said it was a “slip of the tongue” when he said the Queen’s coffin would travel from Edinburgh on “one of the royal trains over to the UK”.

 

There is in fact only one royal train and the late monarch’s coffin will travel to London from Scotland on a military plane from Edinburgh Airport to RAF Northolt.

Speaking on ABC News, Mr Scobie said the Queen’s coffin “will end up laying at rest at the smallest palace in Edinburgh before it makes its journey on one of the royal trains over to the Uk”.

His comments provoked a backlash with the Daily Mail’s Richard Eden tweeting: “Dear #OmidScobie, #Scotland is part of the UK, there is only one #royal train, and it won’t be used to carry #TheQueen’s coffin to London.”

Speaking after the error, the royal expert said his comments were a “slip of the tongue” and made “in the chaos of breaking news” after the death of the 96-year-old was announced.

The 41-year-old tweeted: “Turns out in the chaos of breaking news on September 8 I accidentally said ‘Scotland to UK’ instead of ‘Scotland to England’ when discussing travel elements of Operation Unicorn. Slip of the tongue and happy to own it.”

Mr Scobie co-authored the couple’s biography, Finding Freedom, in 2020. 

The royal editor of US website Harper’s Bazaar has become close to the royal couple since their sensation exit from the Firm and move to the US.

Queen Elizabeth’s coffin will be flown to London on Tuesday at the end of 24 hours of lying at rest in Edinburgh’s historic cathedral, where her son King Charles and his three siblings held a silent vigil.

Tens of thousands of mourners have turned out in Scotland, with deep crowds gathering from the early hours to observe the processions along the historic Royal Mile.

In London, huge numbers of people have left flowers and messages in the grounds of royal parks.

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The Queen’s coffin will leave Scotland for the first time since her death this evening when it is flown to London and then driven to Buckingham Palace.

It will remain in the Bow Room at Buckingham Palace overnight before being taken to lie in state at Westminster Hall from Wednesday.

On Wednesday, it will be taken on a gun carriage as part of a grand military procession to Westminster Hall where a period of lying in state will begin until Sept. 19.

Members of the public will be allowed to process past the coffin, which will be covered by the Royal Standard flag with the sovereign’s Orb and Sceptre placed on top, for 24 hours a day until the morning of the funeral.

Final preparations for events in London are under way with a full rehearsal for the procession of her coffin to be taken to Westminster Hall taking place in the capital.

Thousands of soldiers in ceremonial uniform gathered at Buckingham Palace in the early hours of Tuesday for the practice run.

The early-morning rehearsal saw the horse-drawn carriage of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery being led along the route.

A black coffin was placed on the gun carriage and, at around 4am, the procession was ordered to march and the carriage, pulled by seven black horses, made its way via Queen’s Gardens, The Mall, Whitehall, Parliament Street, Parliament Square and New Palace Yard.

Many of central London’s streets were sealed off for the massive operation.

The death of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch has drawn tears and warm tributes, not just from the Queen’s own close family and across Britain, but also from around the globe – a reflection of her presence on the world stage for seven decades.

Charles, 73, who automatically became king of the United Kingdom and 14 other realms including Australia, Canada and Jamaica, is travelling to the four parts of the UK before the funeral, and will visit Northern Ireland today.

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