Hatice Cengiz, who was engaged to the Saudi journalist, said Prince Salman’s presence should not be allowed to “stain” the memory of Queen Elizabeth.
Hatice Cengiz was engaged to journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered and dismemberment inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in October 2018. Source: AFP / Ozan Kose / Getty Images
“The Queen’s passing is a truly sad occasion,” she told The Guardian.
UK-based organisation Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), which is organising protests outside the Saudi embassy in London, also condemned the visit.
“Like Putin and Assad, there needs to be a clear message sent that dictators orchestrating grievous human rights abuses are not welcome in the UK,” she said.
Who else is invited to the funeral?
Other world leaders such as US President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern have also confirmed their presence at the ceremony.
Leading the charge will be Russian President Vladimir Putin, who hasn’t received an invitation due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has not been invited to Queen Elizabeth’s funeral in London. Source: AFP / Sergie Guneyev / Sputnik / Getty Images
The Kremlin’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova expressed outrage, saying the UK’s decision to not invite Mr Putin is “deeply immoral”.
“We believe that the UK’s attempt to take advantage of a national tragedy that touched the hearts of millions of people around the world in order to settle scores with us during the days of mourning is deeply immoral,” she said in a statement.
Leaders of Belarus, which has supported Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and Myanmar, where the administration is accused of ill-treating the Rohingya people, have not been invited either.
The Australian contingent
While all recipients of Australia’s pre-eminent military honour are attending the funeral, it is the presence of Mr Roberts-Smith that’s raising eyebrows.
A 2011 image of Queen Elizabeth greeting former SAS corporal Ben Roberts-Smith Ben Roberts-Smith, at Buckingham Palace in London, after he was honoured with the Victoria Cross. Source: AFP / POOL / Getty Images
The controversial figure is awaiting a judgement in a defamation case he brought against the Age, the Sydney Morning Herald, and the Canberra Times over reports that — he alleges — wrongly portray him as a war criminal and murderer.
In addition to eminent Australians, ordinary citizens who have made “extraordinary contributions” to the country have also been invited to the funeral, Mr Albanese said on Tuesday.
Shanna Whan (a rural woman who overcame a life-long battle with alcohol addiction and had her last drink in February 2015), Saba Abraham (owner of Mu’ooz, a not-for-profit restaurant in Brisbane) and Kim Smith (the Tasmanian recipient of Australia’s Local Hero award) are on their way to London, too.
It is understood a close member of Mr Waller’s family has tested positive for the disease.
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