Fury as Sky News make embarrassing ‘gaffe’ during Duke of Edinburgh memorial coverage


SKY News has sparked fury after making a major gaffe during their coverage of the Duke of Edinburgh memorial service.

The newscasters accidentally broadcast a caption reading ‘Prince William Memorial’ – instead of Prince Philip – while reporting from outside the service at Westminister Abbey.

Sky New mistakenly broadcast a caption reading ‘Prince William Memorial’
Her Majesty bid an emotional farewell to her husband of 70-plus years
Kate and William arrive for a memorial service to Prince Philip
Prince William arrives at the abbey with Kate
Philip died last April aged 99
Philip died last April aged 99

Some 1,800 people packed the gothic church – in marked contrast to Philip’s funeral where only 30 were permitted to attend amid Covid restrictions, with the Queen sat alone, masked in mourning.

But viewers watching the ceremony from home on Sky News were left shocked, furious and confused when they turned on their TV.

In a huge blunder the news channel mistakenly used a tagline reporting that the church service was taking place in memory of the Duke of Cambridge.

Eagle-eyed viewers immediately took to social media to point out the colossal mistake which appeared on screen for ten seconds before cutting back to presenter Kay Burley.

One person wrote: “Did I just read: PRINCE WILLIAM MEMORIAL?

“Oh dear, Sky News, that’s not very good content checking or proofreading, is it?”

A second said: “Ummm Sky News When did Prince William die?!?! How the hell could you make that gaffe!!”

A third fumed: “Dear Sky News, It’s not ‘Prince William Memorial’ which you are showing on chyron, but ‘Prince Phillip Memorial.’

“Are you hiring 16-year-old interns?”

It comes as the sombre Queen today paid a heartbreaking farewell to her beloved husband during the poignant service.

Her Majesty, 95, appeared emotional as the Duke of Edinburgh was remembered following his death last April aged 99.

Buckingham Palace earlier confirmed the Queen would be attending to lead her family in honouring Philip.

She was pictured travelling from Windsor to London with Andrew in her car despite his recent sex case shame.

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Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince George and Princess Charlotte were among those in attendance.

It is the first time the children – the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s eldest – have attended a major public church service.

The Queen is taken to her limousine by Andrew after the service

The Queen is taken to her limousine by Andrew after the service
The Queen pictured sitting alone at Philip's funeral last April
The Queen pictured sitting alone at Philip’s funeral last April