BBC 'receives 100,000 complaints' over Prince Philip coverage

Sarah Carty
·Lifestyle Editor
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The BBC has reportedly received more than 100,000 complaints about its coverage of the death of Prince Philip.

In a record for British TV, The Sun reports people were up in arms after the national broadcaster cleared all scheduled programmes for the day and night on Friday, which included the highly-anticipated MasterChef finale.

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh smiles during a visit to the headquarters of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force
The BBCs coverage of Prince Philip's death has reportedly received over 100,000 complaints. Photo: Getty Images

BBC Four was reportedly taken off air completely with viewers being greeted with a message urging them to switch over for a "major news report".

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It’s believed so many complaints began rolling in that the BBC were forced to set up a dedicated webpage for viewers to lodge their dissatisfaction at its coverage.

"We are proud of our coverage and the role we play during moments of national significance," a BBC spokesperson said on Monday.

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh wearing the regimental tie of The Rifles
The Duke of Edinburgh passed away on Friday at the age of 99. Photo: Getty Images

100,000 complaints have reportedly already been lodged. That would be a record for complaints in British television history, beating the previous high of 63,000 sparked by the BBC's screening of Jerry Springer: The Musical in 2005.

Prince Philip’s funeral will be broadcast on the BBC on Saturday, with only 30 mourners thought to be attending due to coronavirus restrictions.

The funeral will take place at St George’s Chapel, Windsor at 3pm on Saturday, April 17th.

Prince Philip and the Queen
Prince Philip's funeral will take place at St George’s Chapel, Windsor at 3pm on Saturday, April 17th. Photo: Getty Images

It will be a ceremonial royal funeral, rather than a state funeral and will recognise and celebrate Prince Philip’s more than 70 years of service to the commonwealth.

On the day, Prince Philip’s coffin will be carried in a purpose-built Land Rover - which the duke was involved in the design of .

Members of the royal family and the Duke of Edinburgh’s royal household will walk behind the coffin from the Quadrangle, down Chapel Hill and into Horseshoe Cloister. The Funeral Service will begin with a minute’s silence at 3pm.

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