A tweet sent out by Melania Trump has caused fierce debate online over the wording she used in it.
The former First Lady of the United States tweeted her condolences to the royal family after the death of Prince Philip on Friday.
“President Trump and I extend our deepest condolences to Her Majesty the Queen, the Royal Family, and the people of Great Britain as the world mourns the loss of Prince Philip,” Melania wrote.
People immediately commented on the tweet, slamming Melania for referring to Donald Trump as “President Trump”.
“That is kind of you to acknowledge it, but please don't refer to your husband in the present tense as ‘President’,” one person wrote.
Others commented saying: “You mean FORMER president.”
However, as a Twitter user pointed out: “All presidents, prior or current, keep the title of President!”
Melania’s well-intentioned message did receive love on the social media site.
One fan of the Trumps wrote: “Your kind words are greatly appreciated. Thank you both.”
“I am not even a fan of (Donald..) Trump, but it’s really annoying how people manage to put negative comments and hate even on a post like this. RIP Prince Philip,” another person said.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral will take place at St George’s Chapel, Windsor at 3pm on Saturday, April 17th, which is midnight in Australia.
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.
While a list of guests set to attend the funeral has not been released, in line with coronavirus restrictions in the UK, only 30 of Prince Philip’s nearest and dearest will be allowed to enter the church.
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