The journalist who wrote Harry and Meghan’s biography has admitted he made a mistake after telling a US news channel that the Queen’s coffin would travel from Scotland “to the UK”.
Omid Scobie, a favorite journalist of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, appeared to mistakenly suggest Scotland was not part of the UK.
He also said the Queen would be taken to London on “one of the royal trains”, although there was only one royal train and Her Majesty would be flown.
The 41-year-old later said on Twitter that his remarks were a ‘slip slip’ and were made ‘in the chaos of breaking news’ as news of the Queen’s death became public.
He made the comments on ABC News on Thursday, September 8, where he described to viewers what would happen to the Queen’s body after she died at Balmoral Castle.
The royal expert said Her Majesty ‘will end up resting in Edinburgh’s smaller palace before [the coffin] makes his journey on one of the royal trains to the UK”.
Omid Scobie was on ABC News when he said the Queen’s coffin would be moved from Scotland ‘to the UK’
This was incorrect as the Queen’s body will in fact be flown to London on a military plane from Edinburgh Airport to RAF Northolt outside London tomorrow.
However, it was his apparent ‘slip slip’ that suggested Scotland was no longer part of the UK for which he apologized.
Writing on Twitter, Scobie said: ‘Turns out in the chaos of the breaking news on 8th September I accidentally said ‘Scotland in the UK’ instead of ‘Scotland in England’ when discussing travel elements of Operation Unicorn. Tongue slip and happy to own it’
Scobie later apologized for the remark on Twitter, saying it was a “slip”.
Scobie has been a strong cheerleader for Harry and Meghan over the past few years, having co-written the couple’s biography Finding Freedom in 2020.
He is the royal editor of the US website Harper’s Bazaar and has become one of the couple’s closest journalists since moving to the US.
The Queen’s body is currently laid to rest at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, where thousands of members of the public have lined up for hours to pay their respects.
Earlier today, King Charles and his siblings stood vigil beside his coffin, which is due to be transported to London on Tuesday.
After a short procession, King Charles III, Anne, the Princess Royal, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward each stood on one of the four corners of the oak coffin with their heads bowed in a ceremony known as the name of Princes’ Vigil.
King Charles III, Anne, the Princess Royal, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward each stood on one of the four corners of the coffin in a ceremony known as the Princes’ Vigil
The Queen’s children watched over her coffin at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh tonight. Pictured are King Charles (front centre), Princess Anne (left), Prince Andrew (back centre) and Prince Edward (right)
The Duke of York kept his eyes closed for some time during the 10-minute vigil, while the Princess Royal and the Earl of Wessex stared down at the ground. The King – his eyes moist – kept his hands clasped and also looked down as members of the public filed past.
The king and his family stood alongside four costumed members of the Royal Company of Archers, who stood guard dressed in long-feathered hats and armed with arrows and quivers.
Members of the public – who filed past the coffin in their thousands throughout the afternoon – were briefly held back to allow the royals to take their places.
However, they continued to parade once the vigil began, giving them an extraordinary perspective on the historic moment.
Her Majesty’s coffin will be placed on display in Westminster Hall on Wednesday, with officials expecting tens of thousands of people to visit the monarch.
On Monday, September 19, her funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey, with heads of state from around the world and family members invited to pay their respects to the Queen.
After this service, she will be taken to Windsor, where she will be laid to rest in a burial ceremony at St George’s Chapel.