Prince Philip funeral: ‘Sickens me!’ Julia Hartley-Brewer blasts idea of Queen sat alone

Prince Philip funeral: Expert slams thought of Queen sat alone

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The radio host invited royal correspondent Rupert Bell onto her TalkRADIO show to discuss funeral arrangements for the Duke of Edinburgh. Julia heard from the royal expert that the ceremony will be “will be tough” for the Queen given social distancing rules mean the grieving Monarch will be separated from the rest of her family at the service for Prince Philip. Ms Hartley-Brewer reacted with scorn to the very thought of the Queen being forced to sit on her own. 

Julia told Mr Bell on TalkRADIO: “The thought of any widow at 94 after almost 74 years of marriage sitting alone as her husband is buried.

“I have to say it sickens me.

“Whether you are a member of the Royal Family or any ordinary family.”

The royal correspondent spoke up in agreement telling Julia: “It will be a tough one for her. This is the very sad fact of this funeral in these circumstances.”

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He added: “Philip has planned it with meticulous detail but it is going to feel sad and lonely for the Queen.

“And I think that is going to be the hard part for her as everyone tries to maintain the social distances.

“Remember they are having to put on a huge PR aspect to this because they cannot be seen to be transgressing from the rules that our out there.

“Perhaps we do know in funerals whether we like it or not that people will slightly bend the rules.

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“But when it is going to be in the glare of global TV audience.

“The Queen and her family cannot put a foot out of place.”

It comes as royal expert Jennie Bond expressed deep sympathy with the Queen amid the debate on whether members of the Royal Family should be allowed to wear uniforms to the funeral.

She told Sky News: “You have to feel sorry for the Queen managing the sensibilities and sensitivities of her family.

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“Over who should wear uniforms because it seems that the Duke of York wanted to wear an admiral’s uniform to which he is not entitled.

“Harry would be embarrassed at not being able to wear a military uniform.

“She had had to think about all these things.”

Jennie added: “Honestly the poor lady, nearly 95, having just been widowed.”

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