Coleen Nolan furious at cost of coronation after sister Linda waits 20 hours to be seen in A&E
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Coleen Nolan felt ‘uncomfortable’ watching the King’s Coronation this weekend after two of her family members ended up in A&E this weekend and waited hours to be seen.
Despite being a supporter of the royal family, Coleen said the cost of the lavish affair didn’t sit well with her as her sister Linda spent 20 hours waiting for treatment by the ‘broken’ NHS.
In addition to the coronation on Saturday, a celebratory concert took place at Windsor Castle. The estimated cost for the weekend’s events is between £100-200 million, which the 58-year-old TV personality was unhappy about given ‘that people are struggling to eat’.
Linda, 64, is undergoing treatment for cancer, that has spread to her brain following her original breast cancer diagnosis in 2006, and an incurable breast cancer diagnosis in 2017. She was forced to deny rumours she had died on Friday after a hoax went viral on social media. Linda was one of Coleen’s relatives who was rushed to A&E.
On Monday’s episode of Loose Women, Coleen said: “It’s really weird for me because I am a royalist and I’ve always loved the weddings.
“Whenever people have gone, ‘They’re a waste of time and it’s a waste of money’. I’ve always been very much like, ‘It’s amazing and it's history and everyone’s celebrating’ but actually, through the whole thing this weekend, I felt really uncomfortable, I have to say.
“And that’s because of the state that we’re all in and the economy and the fact that people are struggling to eat.
The former pop singer said it was ‘the first time’ she had ‘watched all the pomp and circumstance’ and had doubts.
Coleen continued: “My sister who is, as we know, very ill – she had to go to hospital and was in A&E for 20 hours before anyone saw her.
“And, of course, I’m the watching this spectacle going, ‘It’s all very well saying it brought £300m in for that sector [hospitality], but can we please bring that in for the NHS because it’s dying?”
She continued: “Someone told me it was the equivalent of us all giving £5 towards it. In the grand scheme of things, it’s only £5, but it’s £5 we weren’t asked if we wanted to give, and if we were going to give it, maybe 66 million of us would have given it to the NHS because we’d have had a choice?”
Loose Women airs weekdays at 12:30 p.m on ITV.
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