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A BBC cameraman who was accused of attempting to film a secret part of the King’s Coronation rehearsal has defended his actions after he was thrown out of Westminster Abbey.
A national newspaper has reported that Neil Paton claims he was “in the wrong place at the wrong time” after appearing near a four-panelled screen behind which King Charles was due to be anointed with holy oil.
This is the most sacred part of the ceremony and is always done away from public view.
The monarch reportedly spotted him trying to film, whereupon security were called and he was escorted from the premises, while his accreditation was ripped up.
He reportedly told BBC executives that he had left his position to fetch some camera kit and inadvertently ended up in that part of the abbey, while he also denied claims that he had his phone out in order to film the anointing.
Paton has since been off work following the “humiliating” incident for the BBC, which was given some brevity by an inside source, who said last week: “Charles spotted the cameraman trying to film him during the run-through for the most sensitive part of the ceremony.
“The BBC guy was looking shifty as he lurked in view of the screens holding his mobile phone.
“He had no business being there whatsoever – he had an accredited spot in the Abbey.
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“It is highly irregular for any journalist to leave their set position in such circumstances.
“And it’s deeply concerning to think he would be trying to film precious moments deliberately hidden from public view.”
In response to the Sun’s story, a BBC spokesman said: “While we do not comment on individuals, most of what has been reported about this story is completely incorrect.”
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