BBC actor Douglas Henshall branded ‘disgusting’ for comments ahead of Queen’s funeral

A BBC actor has been called ‘disgusting’ for sharing a ‘horrendous comment’ ahead of the Queen’s funeral.

Shetland star Douglas Henshall has come under fire for suggesting the Queen’s coffin was empty, ahead of the late monarch’s funeral on Monday.

From 5 p.m. Wednesday, hundreds of thousands of members of the public filed past the coffin until, early Monday morning, the last people who had lined up all night left the cavernous medieval hall.

The process saw a river of people meandering along the Thames around the clock, members of the public mingling with celebrities and foreign dignitaries under the hammerbeam roof of Westminster Hall.

Henshall asked on social media: “Do you think the queue would be that long if people knew the queen is not in that coffin? Or do they know and it’s just symbolic?”

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The comment faced backlash from other social media users.

One user replied: “Would you even consider suggesting such an offensive opinion as if the person in the coffin belonged to a family member and your friends and family came to pay their respects before their funeral? You are a disgusting individual !”

“What an awful comment. People come up to pay their respects. Time to shut up,” another added.

A third said: Do you think you could just roll your neck for a while and respect people’s grief and a family’s grief and recognize that no one is lining up to see a body or a coffin. Honestly, such a brilliant actor and yet completely lacking in basic respect.”

The Queen is to be reunited with her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, as she is laid to rest in a historic state funeral.

Crowds of mourners poured into London, Windsor and royal sites across the UK on the national holiday, with the service expected to attract millions of viewers across the world.

The Royal Family, including Prince George and Princess Charlotte, will be among 2,000 people gathered at Westminster Abbey to remember the late monarch on Monday morning, ahead of a burial service at Windsor Castle.

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