Prince Philip passed away last Friday two days before his 100th birthday. The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral will take place today at 3pm at Windsor Castle and only 30 people are allowed to attend due to coronavirus restrictions. The BBC is set to take a pause in its usual TV schedule so that it can air tributes and the coverage of the late royal’s funeral. Today’s BBC Breakfast also dedicated a lot of the news programme to Prince Philip’s funeral with host Charlie Stayt presenting from Windsor Castle. However, some viewers took to social media to air their frustration at Naga Munchetty and Charlie’s extensive coverage.
Taking to Twitter, one viewer commented: “Why do you keep telling us that coverage of the funeral starts at 12.30pm? You’ve covered nothing else since 6am! I feel like I’ve been to the funeral a dozen times already. RIP Prince Philip. Sorry, the media thrashed your request for a low key departure.”
Another said: “Whilst I respect the Queen today @BBCBreakfast are already on the funeral updates non-stop.
“The funeral is later today with a live broadcast, surely we can do other news?”
A third added: “I’m getting increasingly irritated by the wall-to-wall coverage of the death of & preps for the funeral of Duke of Edinburgh! I am sorry for his death & grief of his family BUT there are more important items of news!”
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Charlie opened Saturday morning’s episode by welcoming viewers to Windsor Castle.
“Good morning from Windsor Castle where the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh will take place this afternoon,” he began.
“Watched by millions of people from around the world, it will be a small family affair because, in line with Covid restrictions, only 30 people will be allowed into St George’s Chapel.
“The Queen will sit alone as she says goodbye to her husband of 73 years.
“Buckingham Palace celebrates and reflects on the Duke’s life, but they have asked members of the public to stay away.”
He continued: “On Breakfast this morning we will be hearing from those who knew the Duke and those who have been closely involved in planning today’s events.”