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Who is Santiago Cuneo? Argentinian TV host who mocked Queen’s death by drinking champagne

BY Sharmeen Hussain Sep 09, 2022. 06:07 pm UPDATED: Sep 18, 2022. 08:28 pm

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When word spread that royals were hurrying to Balmoral on Thursday, hours before the monarch’s passing was confirmed, to be by her side, the death of QUEEN ELIZABETH II was made fun of.

Reporter Santiago Cuneo was captured on camera “celebrating” the alarming news as well-known people from all around the world expressed their condolences and homage to Queen Elizabeth II. Cuneo cracks open a bottle of champagne and declares the incident to be “wonderful news” in a now-deleted viral video. He then refers to Her Majesty as a “old woman” and claims she has “finally gone to hell.”

International politicians and celebrities have joined the country’s mourning for Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.

However, Cuneo took the opportunity to poke fun at the news, calling it “British s**t” and toasting the death.

He also remarked: “The right person has died,” and stated: “The old woman finally went to hell.”

Posting a picture on Twitter, he wrote in Spanish: “The old bag of s**t died!!!! Immense and eternal joy!!!”

Social media users from around the world are outraged over the video.

Read More: How to watch the Queen’s funeral in Pakistan, UK, US and around the World, Times and TV channels
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Twitter user @pepelepew2021 wrote in Spanish: “We know that you, poor thing, are totally finished, filed and burned, that the string of imbecilities talking like a school-age compadrito is part of your show, but the two a**holes who accompany you applauding like seals, those are really embarrassing.”

@TitaWalquiria posted: “Santiago Cuneo, I imagine that you will celebrate the same when your wife, your children, or your parents die, right?”

@AnaMGuimaraens added: “What a horrible thing… how much bad taste.”

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Cuneo has a background in politics and business in addition to journalism.

His comments come as the globe honours the late Queen for her lifetime of service and pays tribute to her.

In honour of the monarch, President Joe Biden made a lengthy statement.

She was a source of comfort and pride for generations of Britons, including many who had never known their nation without her, in a world of continual change, he said.

Read More: Where to Watch Queen Elizabeth’s funeral? Will it be aired on TV live

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