Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has landed himself in hot water after a video surfaced of him singing at a gathering in London, England, days before Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.
The video shows Trudeau singing along to the song Bohemian Rhapsody by the band Queen as Quebec musician Gregory Charles plays piano.
The Prime Minister’s office confirmed the authenticity of the video in a statement to Global News on Monday.
“After dinner on Saturday, (the) Prime Minister joined a small gathering with members of the Canadian delegation, who have come together to pay tribute to the life and service of Her Majesty,” a Trudeau spokesperson said.
“Gregory Charles, a renowned musician from Quebec and Order of Canada recipient, played piano in the hotel lobby which resulted in some members of the delegation including the prime minister joining.”
Trudeau’s crassness has sparked debate over the appropriateness of his actions, with political commentator Meghan McCain blasting Trudeau on Twitter, writing, “Have some respect for the occasion and why you are in London for the first place. Trudeau is such a clown show.”
This is not the first time Trudeau has sparked controversy, in 2019, photographs of the leader in blackface surfaced ahead of the 2019 Canadian federal election.