Harry and Meghan’s biographer apologises for saying Queen’s coffin will journey from ‘Scotland to UK’


The journalist who wrote Harry and Meghan’s biography has admitted making an error after telling a US information channel that the Queen’s coffin would journey from Scotland ‘over to the UK’. 

Omid Scobie, a favoured journalist of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, mistakenly appeared to counsel that Scotland just isn’t a part of the UK.

He additionally stated the Queen can be taken to London on ‘one of many royal trains’, regardless of there solely being one royal prepare and the actual fact Her Majesty will probably be transported by aircraft.

The 41-year-old later stated on Twitter that his remarks had been a ‘slip of the tongue’ and had been made ‘within the chaos of breaking information’ as information of the Queen’s loss of life turned public information. 

He made the feedback on ABC Information on Thursday, September 8, the place he was describing to viewers what would occur to the Queen’s physique after her loss of life at Balmoral Citadel.

The royal skilled stated Her Majesty ‘will find yourself laying at relaxation on the smallest palace in Edinburgh earlier than it [the coffin] makes its journey on one of many royal trains over to the UK’.

Omid Scobie was on ABC Information when he stated the Queen’s coffin can be moved from Scotland ‘over to the UK’

This was incorrect because the Queen’s physique will truly be flown to London on a army plane from Edinburgh Airport to RAF Northolt outdoors London tomorrow.

Nevertheless, it was his obvious ‘slip of the tongue’ which instructed Scotland was now not a part of the UK for which he apologised.

Writing on Twitter, Scobie stated: ‘Seems within the chaos of breaking information on September 8 I by accident stated ‘Scotland to UK’ as a substitute of ‘Scotland to England’ when discussing journey components of Operation Unicorn. Slip of the tongue and joyful to personal it’ 

Scobie later apologised for the remark on Twitter, claiming it had been a 'slip of the tongue'

Scobie later apologised for the comment on Twitter, claiming it had been a ‘slip of the tongue’

Scobie has been a agency cheerleader for Harry and Meghan over latest years, having co-authored the couple’s biography, Discovering Freedom, in 2020. 

He’s the royal editor of U.S. web site Harper’s Bazaar and has turn out to be one of many closest journalists to the couple since their transfer to America.

The Queen’s physique is at present at relaxation at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, the place 1000’s of members of the general public have been lining up for hours to pay their respects.

Earlier at this time King Charles and his siblings stood in a vigil beside her coffin, which is about to be transported to London on Tuesday.

After a brief procession, King Charles III, Anne, the Princess Royal, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward every stood on one of many 4 corners of the oak coffin with their heads bowed in a ceremony often known as the Vigil of the Princes.

King Charles III, Anne, the Princess Royal, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward every stood on one of many 4 corners of the coffin in a ceremony often known as the Vigil of the Princes

The Queen's children stood vigil over her coffin at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh this evening. Pictured is King Charles (centre front), Princess Anne (left), Prince Andrew (centre back) and Prince Edward (right)

The Queen’s youngsters stood vigil over her coffin at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh this night. Pictured is King Charles (centre entrance), Princess Anne (left), Prince Andrew (centre again) and Prince Edward (proper)

The Duke of York saved his eyes closed for a time frame throughout the 10-minute vigil, whereas the Princess Royal and Earl of Wessex had their eyes mounted in direction of the ground. The King – his eyes moistening – saved his arms joined and in addition appeared in direction of the ground as members of the general public filed previous.

The King and his household stood alongside 4 suited members of the Royal Firm of Archers, who had been standing guard wearing long-feathered hats and armed with arrows and quivers.

Members of the general public – who’ve been submitting previous the coffin of their 1000’s all through the afternoon – had been briefly held again to permit the royals to take their place. 

Nevertheless, they continued to file previous as soon as the vigil started, providing them a rare perspective on the historic second.

On Wednesday Her Majesty’s coffin will probably be positioned on show at Westminster Corridor, with officers anticipating tens of 1000’s of individuals to go to as they mourn the monarch. 

On Monday, September 19, her funeral will probably be held at Westminster Abbey, with heads of state from world wide and members of the family invited to pay their respects to the Queen.

After this service she will probably be taken to Windsor, the place she will probably be laid to relaxation at a committal ceremony in St George’s Chapel.



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