BBC and Channel 5 presenter Jeremy Vine has been panned for asking whether it is “a problem” that these attending the Covid-restricted funeral of the Queen’s consort Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, are white.
Vine made the feedback not on his long-running BBC Radio 2 present however on his Channel 5 tv programme.
“You’ve just made me think of this because of your lovely greeting to the many diverse communities in this brilliant country,” Vine simpered in feedback to fellow broadcaster Gursharonjit ‘Shay’ Grewal, who’s of South Asian heritage.
“We are gonna see a group of 30 people who are going to be at this very restricted funeral, and I’m imagining it will be 30 people who are white,” he continued.
“I’m just trying to think whether there’s anybody of colour in there and I don’t think so. Is that, do you think that’s a problem?”
The 55-year-old, who beforehand accepted a pay lower on the BBC after virtue-signalling how “appalled” he was in regards to the so-called gender pay hole on his radio present, was roundly criticised for the “race-baiting” remarks, with one social media consumer saying they have been “genuinely staggered” by them.
“It’s not a problem but let’s ask the question anyway so that we can try to turn it into one,” learn one other facetious touch upon Vine’s antics.
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Grewal instantly advised Vine that no, she didn’t see any points with the late Second World War veteran’s lockdown-limited funeral being comprised largely of members of the family who’re, maybe unsurprisingly, the identical race as he was.
“Look, at the end of the day, the Royal Family are a family, so if someone passes away you’re going to have your most beloved members of your family there, and that is the case when it comes to this funeral,” she mentioned.
“I think at the moment what we all need to focus on is the fact that a family is mourning; they have lose the patriarch in their family, and this country, of course, we have lost the Duke of Edinburgh, and so for me, I am not focusing on what they are wearing, I’m not focusing on who’s there — I’m thinking about Her Majesty the Queen and the fact that she’s lost her long life partner, and how hard that must be,” she added, occurring to reward the 94-year-old monarch for remaining “stoic” and persevering with to hold out public duties.
“That just shows the kind of woman that she is,” she mentioned.
Meghan Markle, the mixed-race spouse of Prince Philip’s grandson Harry, will not be flying in from the United States for the funeral on the recommendation of her medical doctors, as she is closely pregnant.
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