Lionel Richies photo at Kings Coronation dubbed inappropriate

King Charles and Camilla meet Lionel Richie at garden party

Lionel Richie, 73, was joined by Julie Bishop, the former Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs on Saturday alongside Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and other state leaders from around the world.

The All Night Long singer took photos inside the church at Westminster Abbey with Julie sharing the images with her 100,000 followers.

“A magnificent Coronation Service of great beauty, solemnity and historical significance,” she wrote in the caption.

“As chair of Prince’s Trust Australia it was an honour to be present alongside Lionel Ritchie, Global Ambassador for Prince’s Trust.”

Entertainment reporter Peter Ford blasted Ms Bishop’s post as “inappropriate” in a tweet on Sunday.

“So inappropriate to be doing selfies inside the Abbey,” he wrote.

Mr Ford explained the historic church, which dates back to the 13th Century, is a “place of worship not a red carpet”.

“Do what you choose outside but not once you enter the sacred place,” he said.

His comments sparked a social media divide as social media users shared their views.

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Sharon commented: “I watched others taking selfies with notable people, and questioned the appropriateness of it in the Cathedral.”

Peter replied: “We may be in the minority! But I still think it inappropriate.”

Abbie remarked: “The Abbey allow still photos with no flash. Some areas have strict no photo zones. Is it right? Personally I wouldn’t, but they do set the rules to allow this.”

Freo added: “Katy Perry did a few selfies with fans too.”

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