All the major broadcast and cable networks carried the funeral of Prince Philip on Saturday, a mark of how significant the Royal Family is in the U.S.
But in the prelude of the service at St. George’s Chapel, there was a bit of a contrast between coverage on American outlets and those on the other side of the pond.
As the procession started around Windsor Castle, with Prince Charles, Princess Anne and other members of the Royal Family following Philip’s casket, placed in the back of a specially fit Land Rover, the commentary largely continued on U.S. networks while BBC World Service went with uninterrupted audio and visuals of the ceremony itself.
The network anchors and royal watchers began to pause their remarks as the procession got closer to the chapel, and as Queen Elizabeth II entered to the national anthem God Save the Queen. But NBC News’ team continued to talk even during the minute of silence for Philip.
Naturally, there was anticipation and attention paid to the body language of Prince Harry and Prince William, who walked the procession separated by Peter Phillips, the son of Princess Anne.
“Keir, can we address the elephant in the room?” MSNBC’s Katy Tur asked one of their royal watchers, Keir Simmons, as the networks coverage began around 9 AM ET.
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