Australian minister knocked for selfie with Lionel Richie at King Charles’ coronation

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Australian minister knocked for selfie with Lionel Richie at King Charles’ coronation

By Christian George

A former Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop has been slammed by a reporter for taking a selfie in church with singer and songwriter, Lionel Richie at King Charles III’s coronation on Saturday.

According to a report by UK’s Daily Mail, once inside the church, she took photos with the American ‘All Night Long’ crooner and shared them with her 100,000 Instagram 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 Richie, Global Ambassador for Prince’s Trust.’

Lionel Ritchie then re-posted Ms Bishop’s selfie on his own Instagram account. Pictured, left to right: Richie, Ms Bishop, 2022 Young Australian of the Year Daniel Nour

However, an 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 that 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 post has caused tweeps to defend Ms Bishop as other guests took pictures at the church and posted them on social media but the reporter replied that she should have known better.