'Sick old man': Prince Andrew heckled by protester during Queen's coffin procession

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Watch: 'Sick old man': Prince Andrew is heckled as he walks behind Queen's coffin

Prince Andrew was heckled by a protester who shouted 'You're a sick old man' as the Queen's son followed her coffin procession through the streets of Edinburgh.

Scottish mourners came out in their thousands to pay their respects as she left Balmoral for the last time.

The procession, which was broadcast live on the BBC, was largely silent, sombre and respectful with well-wishers gathered beside country roads, bridges and in village and city centres to say their goodbyes.

However, one protester cut through the silence, shouting aggressively as the Duke of York passed before he was pulled away by police. His comments could clearly be heard in the coverage.

A short scuffle appeared to follow before police led the man away as he shouted "disgusting' and "I've done nothing wrong".

A Police Scotland spokesperson told Yahoo News UK: "A 22-year old man was arrested in connection with a breach of the peace on the Royal Mile around 2.50pm on Monday, 12 September 2022."

The heckler, circled in red, appeared to shout 'Andrew, you're a sick old man' at the Prince, before being hauled away by police. (Twitter)
The heckler, circled in red, appeared to shout 'Andrew, you're a sick old man' at the Prince, before being hauled away by police. (Twitter)
The protester was swiftly pulled away from the procession by police (Twitter/Chris Marshall)
The protester was swiftly pulled away from the procession by police (Twitter/Chris Marshall)
Britain's King Charles III (L), flanked by Britain's Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Britain's Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex walk behind the procession of Queen Elizabeth II's coffin, from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to St Giles Cathedral, on the Royal Mile on September 12, 2022, where Queen Elizabeth II will lie at rest. - Mourners will on Monday get the first opportunity to pay respects before the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, as it lies in an Edinburgh cathedral where King Charles III will preside over a vigil. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / POOL / AFP) (Photo by ODD ANDERSEN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
King Charles III was flanked by Princess Ann, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward as the coffin was carried from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh (Getty)

Andrew, the late monarch’s second son, stepped away from public life amid the fallout over his friendship with paedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein.

In January this year, the Queen stripped him of all of his honorary military roles, including Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, and he gave up his HRH style.

In March, he paid millions to settle a civil sexual assault case with Virginia Giuffre, although the agreement made no admission of any guilt and Andrew maintains his innocence.

Britain's King Charles III (4R), Britain's Princess Anne, Princess Royal (3R), Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York (2R) and Britain's Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex (R) walk behind the procession of Queen Elizabeth II's coffin, from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to St Giles Cathedral, on the Royal Mile on September 12, 2022, where Queen Elizabeth II will lie at rest. - Mourners will on Monday get the first opportunity to pay respects before the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, as it lies in an Edinburgh cathedral where King Charles III will preside over a vigil. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / POOL / AFP) (Photo by ODD ANDERSEN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
The royal procession followed the hearse carrying the Queen's coffin along the Royal Mile while thousands of well-wishers lined the streets. (Getty)

Police have faced some criticism for cracking down on protesters expressing anti-monarchy sentiments in recent days.

Symon Hill, an anti-monarchy demonstrator, was arrested after shouting at an accession proclamation for the King.

Hill, 45, said he was was walking home from church on Sunday when he came across a public formal reading of the proclamation of the accession for Charles in Carfax, Oxford.

He was arrested on suspicion of a public order offence under Section 5 of the Public Order Act after shouting “Who elected him?” during the reading. He was later de-arrested after refusing to be interviewed without a lawyer, and driven home by police.

Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Britain's Princess Anne, Princess Royal and Britain's King Charles III walk behind the procession of Queen Elizabeth II's coffin, from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to St Giles Cathedral, on the Royal Mile on September 12, 2022, where Queen Elizabeth II will lie at rest. - Mourners will on Monday get the first opportunity to pay respects before the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, as it lies in an Edinburgh cathedral where King Charles III will preside over a vigil. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / POOL / AFP) (Photo by ODD ANDERSEN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Andrew joined his father and siblings to walk behind the procession of the Queen's coffin through the streets of Edinburgh (Getty Images)

Ruth Smeeth, chief executive of Index on Censorship, said the arrests were “deeply concerning”, adding: “The fundamental right to freedom of expression, including the right to protest, is something to be protected regardless of circumstance."

Jodie Beck, policy and campaigns officer at Liberty, said: “Protest is not a gift from the State, it is a fundamental right. Being able to choose what, how, and when we protest is a vital part of a healthy and functioning democracy."

On Tuesday evening the Queen's coffin will be flown from Edinburgh to London by an RAF plane. It will be accompanied by the late monarch’s only daughter - Anne, the Princess Royal - before being moved to rest at Buckingham Palace’s Bow Room.

The Queen’s state funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey at 11am on Monday, 19 September.