The Cambridge University student apologized for climbing on top of Britain’s Centograph, a revered war memorial, during a demonstration Thursday against increasing tuition costs, The Associated Press reported. He said that he did not know that what he climbed on was the monument.
"I feel nothing but shame," said Gilmour, 21. "My intention was not to attack or defile the Cenotaph. Running along with a crowd of people who had just been violently repelled by the police, I got caught up in the spirit of the moment."
According to the AP, Gilmour was one of thousands of young people whose demonstrations in London resulted in attacks against police and vandalism
A car containing Prince Charles and his wife Camilla was attacked by some of the protesters.
Charlie’s mother, novelist Polly Samson, had previously collaborated with Pink Floyd’s Division Bell record and her husband’s solo album as a songwriter. His father David Gilmour recently oversaw a new compilation album by late Pink Floyd member Syd Barrett.