Royal protest! Prince William booed at Westminster Abbey service

Not welcome? Prince William was greeted with boos from protestors while attending an event meant to honor the Royal Navy’s submarine service.

Hundreds congregated outside Westminster Abbey to express their discontent with the proceedings. BBC reported that members of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament repeated “shame on you” as William, 36, and defense secretary Penny Mordaunt arrived at the service.

The royal even participated in the occasion, reading a passage from the Bible. “I’m surprised that he would come and support something that could destroy our planet,” activist Omar Ahmed told the outlet.

The event was intended to honor 50 years of continuous deterrent at sea, as well as the peacekeeping initiatives of the Royal Navy. However, those efforts include a submarine that patrols with nuclear missiles. Some believed that the gathering celebrated nuclear weapons, leading to the protests.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrive at Westminster Abbey for Commonwealth Day 2019 on March 11, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the Commonwealth Service on Commonwealth Day at Westminster Abbey on March 11, 2019 in London, England. The Commonwealth represents 53 countries and almost 2.4 billion people and 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the modern Commonwealth, enabling cooperation towards social, political and economic development. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (R) and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L) arrive to attend a Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey in central London, on March 11, 2019. - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has been the Head of the Commonwealth throughout her reign. Organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey on March 11, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the Commonwealth Service on Commonwealth Day at Westminster Abbey on March 11, 2019 in London, England. The Commonwealth represents 53 countries and almost 2.4 billion people and 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the modern Commonwealth, enabling cooperation towards social, political and economic development. (Photo by Alberto Pezzali/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge depart Commonwealth Day 2019 at Westminster Abbey on March 11, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey on March 11, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey on March 11, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (3R) and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (C) leave after attending a Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey in central London, on March 11, 2019. - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has been the Head of the Commonwealth throughout her reign. Organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge speaks to young wellwishers as they depart the Commonwealth Service on Commonwealth Day at Westminster Abbey on March 11, 2019 in London, England. The Commonwealth represents 53 countries and almost 2.4 billion people and 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the modern Commonwealth, enabling cooperation towards social, political and economic development. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbe6 on March 11, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge speaks to young wellwishers as they depart the Commonwealth Service on Commonwealth Day at Westminster Abbey on March 11, 2019 in London, England. The Commonwealth represents 53 countries and almost 2.4 billion people and 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the modern Commonwealth, enabling cooperation towards social, political and economic development. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
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The Duke of Cambridge is third in line to the throne, behind his father, Prince Charles. However, his late mother Princess Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell confided in Us Weekly in April that William would make a better king than his dad. “[William] has far less baggage than his father,” he said at the time. “He has his mother’s touch and has the ability to reach, to listen and to be understanding. It would take the monarchy to another level and back onto the world stage in a proper and meaningful way.”

Burrell noted that Duchess Kate plays a role in his theory too. “I do not think that the nation has a keen appetite to see [Charles] sat beside his queen, Camilla. I think that the nation would be quite happy for the crown to pass from him to his first son,” he explained. “Ask the nation because I think that there is a greater number that would rather see King William VI and Queen Catherine ascend the throne.”

The former royal aide pointed out that while the country would prefer “a young king in touch with the people,” he doubted that Charles, 70, “would give up his right to be king easily.”

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VENICE, ITALY - MAY 5: (FILE PHOTO) (L-R) Diana the Princess of Wales holds her son Harry, whilst looking at Prince William held by his father Prince Charles on May 5, 1985 in Venice, Italy. Prince William will celebrate his 21st birthday on June 21, 2003. (Photo by Georges de Keerle/Getty Images)
Princes William and Harry with their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales (1961 - 1997) in the garden of Highgrove House in Gloucestershire, 18th July 1986. William is wearing a Dallas Cowboys t-shirt.(Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
TETBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 18: Princess Diana At Highgrove With Prince William And Prince Harry Dressed In Miniature Parachute Regiment Uniforms And Playing On Their Slide In The Garden (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
TETBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 18: Princess Diana With Her Sons Prince William And Prince Harry Playing With A Playhouse In The Garden Of Their Home Highgrove (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
The Prince and Princess of Wales on holiday with their children, Princes William and Harry, at the Spanish royal residence Marivent Palace, August 1987. (Photo by Terry Fincher/Getty Images)
The Princess of Wales arriving at Aberdeen airport with her sons William and Harry for a holiday at Balmoral Castle, August 1986. Princess Diana is wearing a polo motive sweater by Mondi. (Photo by Jayne Fincher/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 01: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales at home in Kensington Palace with their sons Prince William and Prince Harry (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 16: Princess Diana And Prince William Leaving After Delivering Prince Harry To Mrs. Mynor's Nursery School. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 11: Diana, Princess Of Wales, Holding A Young Prince Harry In Her Arms As She Watches Trooping The Colour With Prince William And Princess Margaret From The Balcony Of Buckingham Palace. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
BALMORAL, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 18: Diana, Princess of Wales, and Prince Harry play on the banks of the River Dee, near Balmoral Castle.during a Summer vacation, on August 18, 1987, in Balmoral, Scotland. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
NECKER ISLAND, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS - JANUARY 9: Diana, Princess of Wales, with Prince Harry ( centre ), and her Niece's and Nephew's on holiday on Necker Island , on January 9, 1989 in Necker Island, British Virgin Islands. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
BATH - MAY 30: (FILE PHOTO) Prince William, Diana, Princess of Wales, Prince Harry and Charles, Prince of Wales, attend the wedding of the Duke of Hussey's daughter in May, 1989 in Bath, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
LONDON - SEPTEMBER 12: (FILE PHOTO) Princess Diana with her sons Prince William and Prince Harry at Wetherby School on September 12, 1989 in London, England. It is Prince Harry's first day at school. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
Diana, The Princess Of Wales Takes Her Sons, Prince'S William, And Harry Out On The Boat ' Maid Of The Mist ' To View Niagara Falls. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
CHERTSEY, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 18: Diana, Princess of Wales, with Prince Harry, on the Depth Charge ride at Thorpe Park, Theme Park, on April 18, 1992 in Chertsey United Kingdom . (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
LECH, AUSTRIA - APRIL 10: Princess Diana With Princes William & Harry Skiing In Lech, Austria (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
Diana Princess Of Wales, Prince William & Prince Harry Visit The 'Thorpe Park' Amusement Park. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
AUSTRIA - MARCH 30: Lech: Princess Diana, sons William and Harry going to restaurant in calash In Lech, Austria On March 30, 1993. (Photo by Laurent SOLA/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
LECH, AUSTRIA - MARCH 27: Princess Diana With Prince William & Prince Harry In Sleigh During Ski Holiday In Lech, Austria. Behind Are Diana's Friends Kate Menzies And Catherine Soames (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 19: Princess Diana, Prince Harry [ Waving ] And Prince William Watching The Parade Of Veterans On V J Day, The Mall, London. Designer Of Diana's Suit - Tomasz Starzewski (please Check - People Magazine, 04/12/1999) (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
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