DOUGLAS Henshall has faced severe backlash on social media after claiming that Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is empty.
The Shetland actor, who played DI Perez in the BBC programme, questioned whether mourners would still be queueing if they "knew that the Queen isn't in that coffin".
Taking to Twitter, the 56-year-old said: "Do you think the queue would be so long if people knew that the Queen isn’t in that coffin? Or do they know and it’s just symbolic?"
Some of Douglas' followers were left furious over the comment and asked him not to "destroy" the experience for mourners with his "scepticism".
The TV star insisted it was a "genuine question", as he worried about the security risk involved.
One person replied: "Douglas, please stopping spreading lies and conspiracy theories like this. You're better than this."
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Another said: "Whether she is in there or not, this us a social necessity for every person there to show their respect. Please don't destroy this experience for them with scepticism."
"Another shocking tweet – you are having a nightmare recently," penned another.
After being questioned by his followers about if Her Majesty's body was in the coffin, Douglas said: "I don’t know obviously, but I can’t imagine she would be purely on the grounds of security if nothing else."
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Mourners have been queueing to see the Queen lying-in-state in Westminster Hall to pay their final respects.
Tens of thousands of people lined the streets awaiting their turn to see her coffin, with many others from around the world tuning in on the live stream.
Her funeral service begins at 11am on Monday.
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