Maya Jama ‘deeply saddened’ by Prince Philip’s death after backlash over ‘out of context’ video
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Maya Jama is said to be "deeply saddened" by the death of Prince Philip and is "disappointed" a video of her reaction to his sad passing has been taken "out of context."
The death of Prince Philip, who was 99, was announced on Friday afternoon — just moments before Maya took a trip past Buckingham Palace in a taxi.
TV and radio presenter Maya, 26, was slammed as she filmed herself driving by the Palace shortly after the death was announced, and posting a sweary video to her 2.1million Instagram followers.
But a representative for the Celebrity Juice panellist has now spoken out after the beauty was labelled "disrespectful" and a "gobs***e."
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A spokesperson for Maya told The Sun: "It goes without saying that along with the rest of the country Maya was deeply saddened to hear Prince Philip had passed away.
"Her earlier video caught an off the cuff remark about the number of press outside Buckingham Palace and was in no way a reflection of her feelings on the matter.
"Understandably she is disappointed this has been taken out of context as no disrespect was ever intended."
Maya had filmed herself travelling by car on Friday when she saw crowds gathering to lay flowers outside the gates of the palace.
She addressed her Instagram followers: "The Palace, oh my god yes, it's kicking off, yes, f**k," before turning to her driver and adding: "Prince Philip died, did you hear?"
Fans were quick to take to Twitter to hit out at the star, with one tweeting: "Maya Jama drives past Buckingham Palace after Prince Philip's death. Gobs***e. Complete & utter gobs***e.
"That man served in world war 2 & received a mention in despatches. Regardless of anyone's views of the Royals show some respect [sic]."
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A second added: "So disrespectful!," whilst others defended the presenter, with one writing: "I've watched Maya Jama's story a lot, and still can't see what you all find disrespectful!"
While another added: "Apologise for what? Saying a man is dead..? I dont get it. Some ppl so dramatic nowadays [sic]."
It was announced at midday on Friday that Prince Philip had passed away at the age of 99.
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The Queen announced her "deep sorrow" over the loss of her husband in a statement released by Buckingham Palace.
It read: "It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
"His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Further announcements will made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss."
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