In additional proof that the UK has had a really uncommon media week, two high-profile British TV presenters have been pressured to defend themselves, after receiving an enormous backlash from different mourners and commentators on social media for showing to leap the queue at Queen Elizabeth II’s mendacity in state.
The queue has grow to be traditionally lengthy within the final week, with hundreds ready as much as 24 hours to file previous the Queen’s coffin in Westminster Hall and pay their respects to the late monarch.
Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, who co-present ITV’s daytime present This Morning and are very acquainted faces to followers, visited Westminster Hall on Friday – at a time when the queue to get in was briefly paused, because of over-capacity.
Critics have been swift to level out that the pair had allegedly queue-jumped, which in current days has grow to be a heinous motion, with the queue for the Queen turning into a totem for all that’s good and honest within the UK, with tales of strangers making associates in the course of the lengthy wait, camaraderie, equity and consideration for others.
Amidst the backlash, This Morning
“Hello everybody, we want to make clear one thing.
“We requested Phillip and Holly to be a part of a movie for this Tuesday’s programme.
“They didn’t leap the queue, have VIP entry or file previous the Queen mendacity in state – however as a substitute have been there in knowledgeable capability as a part of the world’s media to report on the occasion.”
An ITV spokesperson additional informed MailOnline: “This Morning had press accreditation and like different media, Phillip and Holly have been escorted to work from the press gallery by authorities employees.
“They didn’t file previous The Queen’s coffin. They have been there alongside a number of different broadcasters and nationwide press shops for an merchandise that can be broadcast on Tuesday’s present. Any allegations of improper behaviour are categorically unfaithful.”
However, critics have swiftly identified that their subsequent TV look can be on Tuesday, by when there can be no lying-in-state information to report – and nor are they journalists often despatched out to report.
Other well-known figures, together with David Beckham, Tilda Swinton and journalist Peter Hitchens (brother of Christopher) all queued up for hours with different mourners to make their entry into the Hall.