Jeremy Vine slammed for 'race baiting' after he pointed out all 30 of Prince Philip's funeral guests are white

JEREMY Vine has been slammed for "race baiting" after he pointed out all 30 guests at Prince Philip's funeral are going to be white.

The Channel 5 TV host, 55, asked a guest on his show whether she thought it was a "problem" that all 30 attendees would be white at the service in Windsor on Saturday.

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The footage has been shared on social media, with some people accusing Vine of "race baiting". 

It comes after more than 100,000 complaints were made to the BBC about the volume of coverage on the Duke's death, with another 433 complaints after Andrew Marr compared him to an "Indian bride".

Marr has since apologised for the comments.

In the clip, Vine says: "We are going to see a group of 30 people who are going to be at this very restricted funeral, and I'm imagining it will be 30 people who are white. 

"I'm just trying to think whether there's anybody of colour in there and I don't think so. Do you think that's a problem?"

Viwers were quick to react on social media, with one writing: "I am genuinely staggered at this statement from Jeremy Vine. It's pure race baiting."

Another wrote: "Jeremy Vine is cancelled".

Someone else added: "What a ghastly thing to say".

And a fourth said: "It's not a problem but let's ask the question anyway so that we can try to turn it into one. How is this not simply race baiting?"

It comes after Buckingham Palace released the list of those attending yesterday as the Duke of Edinburgh is laid to rest in Windsor on Saturday.

Philip's immediate family – including the Queen, Princess Anne, Prince Charles, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward – obviously top the list of mourners.

All of the duke's grandchildren and their spouses – including William, Harry, Eugenie and Beatrice – will also be attending.

Three of Philip's German relatives – Bernhard, the Hereditary Prince of Baden; Donatus, Prince and Landgrave of Hesse; and Prince Philipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg – are among the attendees.

Also invited is a close friend of the duke, Countess Mountbatten of Burma.

The 67-year-old countess – Penelope "Penny" Knatchbull is Philip's carriage-driving companion.

'BELOVED FAMILY MEMBERS'

Others include the Queen's first cousins Princess Alexandra, the Duke of Gloucester and the Duke of Kent, who loyally supported the monarch and Philip by carrying out royal duties over the decades.

They are all white.

But responding to Jeremy Vine's question, Broadcaster Shey Grewal said: “I don't think its a problem at all.

"The royal family are a family and if someone passes away you are going to have the most beloved members of your family there – and that is the case when it comes to this funeral.”

As of lunchtime yesterday, the corporation had received 109,741 complaints – the most in television history – regarding the amount of coverage on Prince Philip.

Regarding one complaint surrounding Anrew Marr, the BBC told one viewer: "Thank you for contacting us about a comment Andrew Marr made during our recent news coverage.

"When reflecting on the life of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Andrew Marr gave his analysis of Prince Philip's role within the monarchy and relationship with the Queen.

"While doing this, Andrew made a remark which he accepts was poorly phrased, for which he apologises. We have shared your feedback with senior editors at BBC News."

The Duke's death at Windsor Castle aged 99, prompted the BBC to wipe its schedules across both BBC One and BBC Two to run a series of special programmes about Philip.

In a statement, the BBC said: "The passing of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh was a significant event which generated a lot of interest both nationally and internationally….

"We do not make such [schedule] changes without careful consideration and the decisions made reflect the role the BBC plays as the national broadcaster, during moments of national significance."

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