Meghan Markle’s pal Gayle King branded 'sexist' after questioning why Princess Anne walked behind Prince Philip's coffin

MEGHAN Markle's pal Gayle King was branded "sexist" after questioning why Princess Anne was included in Prince Philip's procession.

The chat show host was leading coverage of the funeral in the US on Saturday when she sparked the row.

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King asked Vanity Fair editor Tina Brown why the Princess Royal was the only female to walk behind the funeral.

One viewer tweeted: "Gayle asked Tina Brown why Anne was in the funeral procession with the men? Uh, Princess Anne is Prince Philip's only daughter!"

Another added: "I don't see why she was surprised. Princess Anne even walked for the Queen Mother funeral procession.

"And I find it disrespectful of her to even question. Princess Anne was his only daughter. Of course she was going to do that."

While on fumed: "If I were Princess Anne, I would sue Gayle King for being a sexist."

Traditionally only men follow the casket at a royal funeral procession but all of Philip's children took part.

Princess Anne also walked behind her grandmother at the Queen Mother's funeral in 2002.

The royal, who was close to her dad, stood next to Prince Charles as they followed the modified Land Rover carrying Philip's coffin.

Her brothers Prince Andrew and Prince Edward followed behind.

The order of the procession was decided by the Queen ahead of the funeral.

It also saw Prince Harry separated from his brother Prince William by Anne's son Peter Phillips.

King launched the CBS coverage of the day by saying it is "no secret Prince Harry and William's relationship is strained".

She also claimed the family's "differences" would be "set aside for the day".

King is a close pal of Meghan and Harry and revealed recently he had spoken to his brother and Prince Charles after the couple's Oprah Winfrey interview – but said the talks were "unproductive".

The heartbreaking funeral marked the first time Harry was seen in the UK since the bombshell interview.

Meanwhile Meghan watched the sombre proceedings on a live stream from the US after being advised not to attend due to her pregnancy.

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