Is Gayle King sexist? Host asked why Princess Anne was 'only woman' in Prince Philip's funeral procession

Is Gayle King sexist? Host asked why Princess Anne was 'only woman' in Prince Philip's funeral procession
Gayle King is in trouble for her comments about Princess Anne walking behind her father's coffin (Getty Images)

Meghan Markle’s friend Gayle King has attracted a lot of negative attention on social media after she questioned Princess Anne’s presence during Prince Philip's procession. The television personality was covering the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh on Saturday, April 17, for the US network CBS when she made some eyebrow-raising statements. She reportedly asked Vanity Fair editor Tina Brown why Anne was the only woman walking behind Philip’s coffin.

According to the royal family’s tradition, only men took part in a royal funeral procession. But this time, Anne joined her brothers for her father’s last rites. She was also part of her grandmother’s final procession. The Queen Mother died in 2002. The 70-year-old royal was seen standing next to her elder brother Prince Charles while Prince Andrew and Prince Edward followed behind.


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Meanwhile, King’s comment on Anne the Princess Royal, did not go down well with netizens. One person tweeted, “If I were Princess Anne, I would sue Gayle King for being a sexist.” The second user said, “Gayle King aka FAIL King!!  Either she's a complete waste of airspace or she's spent too much time with the 'wife of Harry' ... or both???” The third remarked, “A STRONG thank you to Peter Phillips for taking part in the royal soap opera by walking bw the brothers. A thank you to Anne, Princess Royal, Gayle King not knowing that the Queen has a daughter. And thank you Catherine, for looking so good that Markle might have had a stroke.”

Princess Anne and Prince Charles follow the coffin of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, as it is carried into his funeral service at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021 in Windsor, England (Getty Images)





“Someone should tell her (Gayle King ) that Princess Anne is Prince Philips daughter," one user noted. Another stated, “Seriously, what was Gayle King thinking, questioning why Princess Anne was walking behind Prince Philip's land rover? What business is it of yours. If I had done something like that after my dad died, I would definitely channeled my mother.  #gayleking.” “Maybe this should have showcased GAYLE KINGS -DUMB and VILE question and SEXIST VIEWS - THATS JUST PUT WOMEN BACK 50 YEARS -as to why Princess Anne should be in her 'OWN' Father's Procession. GAYLE KING SHOULD BE TAKEN OFF TV -DISGUSTING ATTITUDE,” a comment on Twitter read.




Gayle King attends The Holidays At Saks Lights Up Fifth Avenue Ceremony on December 09, 2020 in New York City (Getty Images)

King started her coverage of the royal funeral on CBS by commenting, “William and Harry, there's no secret about this, have had a strained relationship you could say since Harry stepped away from his royal duties.” Her recent comment came weeks after she declared live on television that Prince Harry had a chat with Prince Charles and Prince William after his bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey alongside Meghan. But that conversation was “not productive”.

She also added at the time, “And I think what is still upsetting to them is the palace keep saying they want to work it out privately, but yet, they believe these false stories are coming out that are very disparaging against Meghan, still. No one in the royal family has talked to Meghan yet, at this particular time.”

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