It probably hasn’t been the best week for Prince William. The spotlight has been on his younger brother, Harry, who he’s in a reported feud with; rumors are still swirling about an alleged affair; and now he can add “being booed and heckled” to that list.
Will didn’t exactly receive a standing ovation or fist bumps when he arrived Friday to attend a service marking 50 years of the Royal Navy’s nuclear submarines. Hundreds of protestors outside Westminster Abbey yelled “shame on you” and “down with war,” condemning the Prince’s attendance.
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The Duke of Cambridge attended a Service at @WestminsterAbbeyLondon to recognise fifty years of continuous deterrent at sea, in his capacity as Commodore-in-Chief of the @RoyalNavy Submarine Service. The service recognised the commitment of the Royal Navy to effective peace-keeping through the deterrent over the past fifty years and to pray for peace throughout the world. 📷 PA/Westminster Abbey
The Duke of Cambridge, who has served as Commodore-in-Chief of the submarine service since 2006, read from the Bible and, according to the Washington Post, the Dean of Westminster, John Hall, told attendees, “We pray that the Royal Navy may never be required to deploy these terrible forces in war and that they may continue to deter their use by others.”
Activist Omar Ahmed told the BBC, “I’m surprised that he would come and support something that could destroy our planet.”