Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has questioned the logic behind anti-royal protests, claiming the disruptions in the midst of mass mourning will only hurt their campaign. Speaking to Good Morning Britain, Mr Khan told Kate Garraway that while the right to protest is a “cornerstone of democracy,” it will weaken the republican cause to do so at the Queen’s funeral. There are concerns that public protests could spoil the Queen’s state funeral on Monday, which will be broadcast around the world and attended by world leaders.
Mr Khan responded to the concerns: “The right to protest and free speech are cornerstones of our democracy.
“It’s not a criminal offence to be disrespectful or campaign in bad taste.”
However, the London Mayor questioned whether the Queen’s funeral is the right time for such a demonstration.
He said: “What I would say to anti-monarchists who want to campaign for a republic, is this the best way to get more people on your side?
“To protest at a time when there is an outpouring of grief, sorrow and affection towards Her Majesty and the Royal Family.”
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He went on to advise those coming to London for the funeral on Monday to prepare in advance.
Mr Khan explained the operation in place to accommodate the well-wishers: “There are eight big screens in Hyde Park for the overflow.
“There are stands in place, there are places in the footprint to see the procession after the funeral
“We have to make sure everyone is safe. If parts of the footprint are full, they will be sign-posted to other parts of the footprint.