Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been slammed for the ‘dreadful’ timing of a Tweet shortly after Prince Philip’s death was announced – and staying silent on the news of his passing.
In a now-deleted Tweet, the MP posted a link to an event inviting people to ‘support the Bolivian people’ less than 40 minutes after the news was announced.
The Queen announced with ‘deep sorrow’ the death of her husband at the age of 99 at midday today.
Celebrities and public figures have all paid tribute to the Prince, described as the Queen’s ‘strength and guide’ throughout their 73-year marriage and her 69-year reign.
Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been slammed for the ‘dreadful’ timing of a Tweet and for staying silent on the news of Prince Philip’s death
Buckingham Palace announced the death of Prince Philip this morning at midday today
But around half an hour after the news of his death broke, Mr Corbyn chose to share his support for the Bolivian people.
He posted on his official Twitter page: ‘The people of Bolivia have chosen a path of social change, which puts people and planet before private private. Join me, @BoliviaFriends and Bolivian speakers on April 19th to show our solidarity.’
His death plunges the nation and the Royal Family into mourning, and brings to an end Philip’s lifetime of service to Britain
The post lead viewers to a link to an event to mark six months since the Left’s election win in the country.
But his post was met with a furious backlash online as people slammed him for his poor timing of the Tweet and criticised his silence over the death of the Prince.
One person said: ‘A man died who did some much for this nation and Jeremy would rather tweet about Bolivia….. speaks volumes.’
A second Twitter user wrote: ‘How dare you Jeromy Corbyn post about this before saying anything ABOUT OUR DEARLY DEPARTED PRINCE.’
Another slammed his ‘great timing’, while others told him to ‘read the room Jeremy’ and ‘Put the news on mate’.
‘Bro said no to Phillip and yes to Bolivia,’ one person on the social media platform said.
The former Labour leader posted a link to encourage people to attend an event to mark six months since the Left’s election win in the country
One incensed social media user slammed the politician for not saying anything about Prince Philip
Another commented on the poor timing of the post on his official Twitter page
Ryan Durham commented that Mr Corbyn had ‘said no to Philip’ in his post in support of Bolivia
Others supported his well-meaning message but again criticised his timing
Some people defended Mr Corbyn and said it was likely a timed Tweet that was organised prior to its posting and the death of Prince Philip
Another called Mr Corbyn’s silence ‘deafening’ in their post on the social media platform
Some people defended Mr Corbyn, MP for Islington North, and said it was likely a timed Tweet that was organised prior to its posting and the death of Prince Philip.
‘Whoever managing your socials needs to pull further scheduled tweets boss,’ one person joked.
The news of the Prince’s death was announced at midday after he passed away this morning.
His death plunges the nation and the Royal Family into mourning, and brings to an end Philip’s lifetime of service to Britain and to Elizabeth, the Queen who adored him since her teens.
Boris Johnson led the tributes and addressed the nation outside No 10 Downing Street shortly after the announcement. He said: ‘We give thanks, as a nation and a kingdom, for the extraordinary life and work of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh’.
Boris Johnson led the tributes and addressed the nation outside No 10 Downing Street shortly after the announcement
Moving: Piers Morgan has joined a slew of stars paying tribute to His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh , after his death was announced on Friday at the age of 99
Tragedy: After Buckingham Palace announced his passing on Friday, celebrities including Phillip Schofield took to social media to reflect on Prince Phillip’s life and offer their sympathies to his wife, Queen Elizabeth II
Among the slew of celebrities paying tribute to the Prince was Piers Morgan who described it as ‘a very sad day for our country,’ while Eamonn Holmes, who had been presenting This Morning when the news broke, simply wrote: ‘HRH Prince Phillip has died #RIP.’
Piers tweeted: ‘RIP Prince Philip, 99. A truly great Briton who dedicated his life to selfless public duty & was an absolute rock of devoted support to Her Majesty, The Queen, as the longest-serving royal consort to any British sovereign. A very sad day for our country. Thank you, Sir.’
Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, also said: ‘As we recover and rebuild after the terrible trial of the coronavirus pandemic, we will need fortitude and a deep sense of commitment to serving others. Throughout his life Prince Philip displayed those qualities in abundance, and I pray that we can take inspiration from his example’.
Phillip Schofield shared an image of his own experience meeting Phillip, writing on Instagram Stories: ‘Farewell to a remarkable man, terrifying to attempt to interview but great fun to be with.’
Her Majesty is now expected to enter an eight-day period of mourning. She will not carry out any duties, even in private, while laws will not be given the Royal Assent and affairs of state will also be paused. A further period of official Royal Mourning is expected to continue for 30 days.