Meghans pal red-faced after making mistakes on Queens funeral arrangement

A close friend of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry has apologised for making an error after he mentioned the Queen's coffin will "travel in royal train from Scotland to UK".

Omid Scobie, who co-authored the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's biography Finding Freedom, appeared on ABC News to tell American audience what would happen as the news of the Queen's death broke last week.

He said on Thursday, September 8, during a live broadcast, commenting: "The Queen will end up laying at rest at the smallest palace in Edinburgh before it [the coffin] makes its journey on one of the royal trains over to the UK".

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Mr Scobie's blunder was spotted by Richard Eden, royal correspondent at Daily Mail, who tweeted: "Dear Omid Scobie, Scotland is part of the UK, there is only one royal train, and it won't be used to carry The Queen's coffin to London."

Her Majesty's coffin, which is currently lying at rest in St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh, where her son King Charles and his three siblings – Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward – held a silent vigil last night.

At the end of the 24 hours lying-in-state, the coffin will be flown to London in the early evening on Tuesday and upon arrival, the coffin will be removed from the plane by a bearer party into the state hearse, with a guard of honour formed by the Queen's Colour Squadron.

The hearse will then head to Buckingham Palace and rest in Bow Room for overnight and transferred to Westminster Hall to lie in state on Wednesday (September 13).

Viewers picked up on Mr Scobie's mistakes and shared their thoughts on the comments.

One said: "'Over to the UK'? Does he think Scotland is Ireland?"

"Mr Misinformation himself! Sick of these hacks putting incorrect information out!" a second wrote.

Mr Scobie later responded on Twitter and said: "Turns out in the chaos of breaking news on September 8, I accidentally said 'Scotland to UK' when discussing elements of Operation Unicorn.

"Slip of the tongue and happy to own it."


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