Scottish independence supporter sparks outrage after strange Queen coffin rant

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A TV star sparked outrage for a sick tweet in which he bizarrely assumed the Queen’s body was not in the coffin which thousands have been queuing to see, despite not a shred of evidence to suggest this is the case. Star of crime drama Shetland, Douglas Henshall caused outrage when he suggested those queuing for tens of hours to pay their final respects to Her Majesty were either being duped, or knew the coffin was empty and decided to queue anyway.

The tweet, which was far from the first to inspire controversy for the Scexit-backing Scot, was met with bemusement and condemnation from his followers.

Mr Henshall wrote: “Do you think the Queue would be so long if people knew that the Queen isn’t in that coffin? Or do they know and it’s just symbolic?”

The coffin is reportedly lined with lead to ensure Her Majesty’s body is preserved and is made of oak.

Mr Henshall immediately admitted he didn’t actually know if the coffin was empty when one person asked: “She’s not in the coffin?” He replied: “I don’t know obviously, but I can’t imagine she would be purely on the grounds of security if nothing else.”

Twitter users quickly ridiculd the actor for his offensive claims.

One person wrote: “A ridiculous, offensive question. You admit you don’t know whether this is the case in a later tweet. You have no evidence, this is purely a brain fart, a dumb guess. Douglas, you’re a disgrace. Shame on you.”

Another added: “Out of all the insanely deranged conspiracy theories I’ve seen recently, this has to be the dumbest.”

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The actor has never been afraid to express his political views on social media. He recently tweeted: “I’ve never thought of myself as a nationalist, I would just like to live in an independent Scotland.”

The actor has also asked “What on earth is the point of Keir Starmer?” and compared the Tory leadership race to the “outpouring of raw sewage into the seas and rivers around coastal England”.

The queue for people to see the Queen one final time was closed this morning after reaching capacity. It is “unlikely” to be opened again for six hours, and was over four and a half miles long at the time – with mourners warned the wait could last up to 14 hours.

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