September 25, 2022

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Man accused of breaching peace after onlooker heckled Prince Andrew as he followed Queen’s hearse

Man accused of breaching peace after onlooker heckled Prince Andrew as he followed Queen’s hearse

Police Scotland have confirmed a 22-year-old man has been charged with breaching the peace after onlookers heckled the Duke of York as he walked with King Charles III behind the Queen’s coffin in Edinburgh Monday, September 12.

The man was filmed shouting at Prince Andrew as his mother’s hearse slowly traveled up the Royal Mile in the Scottish capital to St Giles Cathedral, where the late monarch rests in state.

Footage later showed the heckler being pushed to the ground by angry mourners before being helped and removed by police officers, as those mourning the late Queen continued to push him. He was then dragged away from the road, he shouted ‘disgusting’ and ‘I did nothing wrong’.

In Edinburgh on Sunday, a 22-year-old woman, who was seen holding a sign reading ‘F**k imperialism, abolish the monarchy’ during the king’s accession proclamation, was charged with breaking the peace and will appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court at a later date.

Meanwhile, in Oxford, a 45-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of ‘disorderly behaviour’ after shouting ‘Who elected him?’ as Charles was proclaimed king. He was later arrested, Thames Valley Police said.

And in London, a woman holding a sign reading “Not my King” outside the Palace of Westminster on Monday appeared to be moved by police ahead of King Charles III’s arrival.

A spokesman for Police Scotland said: ‘A 22-year-old man was arrested and charged with breach of the peace on the Royal Mile at around 2.50pm on Monday September 12, 2022.

“He has been released subject to a later appearance in Edinburgh Sheriff’s Court and a report will be sent to the Prosecution Fiscal.”

Andrew, a Falklands War veteran who was exiled from public life amid the fallout from his role in the Jeffrey Epstein scandal, was not allowed to wear military attire for the occasion and instead wore a morning suit.

The Prince will have to appear in civilian clothes at all other public events to mourn his mother, although an exception will be made as a special mark of respect for the Queen at the final vigil at Westminster Hall.

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