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13th Sep 2022

Man charged after Prince Andrew heckled during royal procession

Steve Hopkins

The man has been arrested for breach of the peace

A 22-year-old man has been charged after Prince Andrew was heckled during Monday’s procession down the Royal Mile.

Police Scotland arrested the man in connection with a breach of the peace.

The incident happened while King Charles led senior members of the Royal Family to St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh – following behind a hearse carrying the Queen’s coffin.

A statement from Police Scotland added: “He was released on an undertaking to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court at a later date and a report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.

“No other arrests have been made in relation to the incident.”

Prince Andrew has become a royal pariah in recent years and stepped back from his official duties amid outrage at his relationship with paedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein.

As the Queen’s casket moved along the Royal Mile a man was heard saying, “Andrew, you’re a sick old man.”

Footage posted on social media appeared to show outraged mourners pushing the protester into the hands of the police.

The officers tackled him to the ground before dragging him away from the metal barriers.

The Prince has made few public appearances since settling a sex abuse case in New York, but he will be present at events throughout the period of national mourning.

He has been barred from wearing his military uniform for the historic procession and service at St Giles’ Cathedral, honouring the Queen’s life and her connection to Scotland.

The duke instead wore a black suit but was permitted to wear medals from his time in the Royal Navy.

Princess Anne and the Queen’s youngest son, Prince Edward, joined Andrew and Charles on foot in full military garb.

The Queen’s funeral will take place in London on Monday.

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