More Brits watched Prince Philip’s funeral than Meghan and Harry’s Oprah chat

More than 13 million Brits tuned in to watch Prince Philip's funeral, beating the ratings for Harry and Meghan’s Oprah Winfrey interview by two million.

The BBC’s live coverage beat out ITV in the ratings battle, with 11.4 million viewers at its peak, ten times that of ITV’s 1.2 million and 13.6m viewers in the UK overall.

The BBC's average viewer figure for Saturday’s funeral stood at 6.6 million, with ITV only pulling in 851,300 on average.

Harry and Meghan’s bombshell interview had 12.4 million viewers at its peak when it aired in the UK last month.

The BBC coverage was fronted by Huw Edwards while ITV’s was co-hosted by Tom Brady and Julie Etchingham.

The BBC’s largest number of viewers came in at 3.08pm with ITV’s only a minute earlier at 3.07pm.

This marked the start of the funeral, which began after a minute’s silence at 3pm.

10,015,400 BBC viewers watched Prince Charles, Prince Harry and Prince William among others, walk behind the coffin at 2.53pm.

While the BBC gained the higher ratings Huw’s commentary was blasted by viewers for speaking “too much” over the footage of the procession.

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Critics took to social media to voice their annoyance at Huw’s “inane chatter”.

One person wrote: “Poor coverage by the Beeb. Huw Edwards just kept talking throughout. Repetition, the same coverage as all the other programmes.

"ITV did a more sensitive and moving programme. Get a grip BBC."

Another viewer said: "I switched to ITV coverage of the funeral because Huw Edwards' constant inane chatter was driving us crackers."

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It comes after the BBC was forced to air only six hours of the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral after receiving a record number of complaints after its ‘wall-to-wall’ coverage of his death.

There were 110,000 complaints recorded after the BBC’s coverage after it axed its usual schedule to cover the death and tributes to the late Duke.

This marked the highest number of complaints ever published in the UK about television programming

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The BBC responded with a statement, saying: "The passing of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh was a significant event which generated a lot of interest both nationally and internationally.

"We acknowledge some viewers were unhappy with the level of coverage given and impact this had on the billed TV and radio schedules.

"We do not make such changes without careful consideration and the decisions made reflect the role the BBC plays as the national broadcaster during moments of national significance.

"We are grateful for all feedback and we always listen to the response from our audiences."

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