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US TV presenter Gayle King has been at the centre of a sexism row after she questioned why Princess Anne took part in the procession at Prince Philip’s funeral.
The poignant procession featured all the Duke of Edinburgh’s children and some of his grandchildren walking behind his coffin on a Land Rover as it took a lap around the grounds of Windsor.
But among the royals taking part, Princess Anne – the Queen and Prince Philip’s second child and only daughter – was the only woman.
Leading the coverage of the televised events on Saturday, April 17, for US network CBS, 66-year-old Gayle raised eyebrows when she questioned Anne’s place in the line-up.
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In a discussion with Vanity Fair editor Tina Brown, Gayle infuriated royalists when she queried why the Princess Royal would be in the group as the only woman.
Taking one final journey to St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, Prince Philip had custom designed the olive green Defender Land Rover himself, turning it into a modified hearse.
The Duke once famously said "just chuck me in the back of a Land Rover" in regards to his funeral wishes.
It has always been tradition for only men to follow the casket during a royal funeral procession.
But it’s not the first time Anne has appeared in one, as the Princess Royal also walked behind her grandmother, the Queen Mother at her funeral in 2002.
It makes complete sense for Anne to have joined the group, as one of Philip’s beloved four children and the second eldest, she took pride of place next to Prince Charles at the front.
The Duke’s youngest sons Prince Andrew and Prince Edward then followed.
Angry at Gayle’s questioning, one person tweeted: "Gayle asked Tina Brown why Anne was in the funeral procession with the men? Uh, Princess Anne is Prince Philip's only daughter!"
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"I don't see why she was surprised. Princess Anne even walked for the Queen Mother funeral procession.
"And I find it disrespectful of her to even question. Princess Anne was his only daughter. Of course she was going to do that," another reasoned.
A third person called the comment "sexist."
While others simply claimed Gayle’s comments were due to the lack of cultural understanding from Americans on how the British Royal Family operates.
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The Duke’s three eldest grandchildren Prince William, Prince Harry, and Peter Phillips were also in the procession.
Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Zara Phillips, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn appeared in the Chapel instead.
Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence and the Earl of Snowdon then finished off the procession at the back.
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