Eamonn Holmes has brutally attacked Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby after it was claimed they queued up at Westminster Hall in London last week to film a segment for This Morning while the late Queen is in state.
The five-mile line of members of the public waiting to see the monarch’s coffin had reportedly been closed for six hours on Friday, bringing the wait to “at least 14 hours”. The TV duo are said to have joined a split and were taken to a press gallery to film for Tuesday’s episode of the ITV show.
During an appearance on GB News this week, Eamonn, 62 – who has made no secret of his ongoing feud with Phillip after he and his wife Ruth Langsford were banned from Friday’s This Morning presentation – made a joke about Phil and Holly in relation to her alleged queue jumping.
Introducing a guest, Eamonn’s GB News co-host Isabel Webster, 39, said: “[They] endured this queue and they were of no insignificant age, we will speak to them afterwards.’
Eamonn took the opportunity to criticize Phil and Holly, and chimed in: “What, Holly and Phillip?”
This Morning bosses denied the show’s presenters Holly and Phillip “VIP access” and filed “past the in-state Queen” as they filmed a segment for the program at Westminster Hall in London on Friday.
The presenters cut somber figures as they dressed in black and visited the Queen’s coffin to film for the upcoming episode, which is due to air on Tuesday, the day after the late monarch’s state funeral.
On Saturday night, ITV bosses released a statement on Instagram denying the couple had received any special treatment: “Hi everyone, we would like to clarify something,” it said.
“We asked Phillip and Holly to be part of a film for this Tuesday’s programme.
“They did not queue, have VIP access or walk past the Queen in state – but were instead there in a professional capacity as part of the world media to cover the event.”
An ITV spokesman added in a statement to MailOnline: “This morning had press accreditation and like other media, Phillip and Holly were escorted to work from the press gallery by government officials.
“You didn’t get past the Queen’s coffin. They were there along with a host of other broadcasters and national press offices for a segment that will air on Tuesday’s show. Any allegations of improper conduct are categorically false.’
Broadcasters donned all black ensembles, with Holly, 41, in a face mask as they headed into the historic building where the late monarch lay in state after her death last week.
A source told MailOnline: “They weren’t able to pay their respects to the Queen in the same way as the public queues, but they were filming in an area reserved for the press.
“This morning’s Friday program has been canceled in favor of ongoing ITV coverage ahead of the Queen’s state funeral. The program will be back on screens on Tuesday.’
Phillip, 60, opted for a smart black suit and tie for the visit, with the presenter wearing a sad expression as he followed his co-star.
Britain came to a standstill today as millions gathered to watch the Queen’s funeral and bid her farewell from home, in pubs, care homes and airports.
Mourners paused in the streets to watch the event on their cellphones as the solemn show of reverence was held across the country.
Hundreds of thousands watched as the historic funeral was broadcast on large outdoor screens at various locations across the UK – from London’s Hyde Park to Coleraine Town Hall in Northern Ireland.
The congregation attending her funeral at Westminster Abbey, including King Charles, the Royal Family and 2,000 VIPs including Emperors, Kings and Queens, Prime Ministers and Presidents from around the world bowed their heads during the silence.
Crowds along Windsor’s Long Walk and those gathered in cathedrals, public parks, town centers and government buildings also fell silent.
The funeral, which has been dubbed the most watched event in history, was watched by an estimated 4.1 billion people worldwide.
Her Majesty will be buried next to her beloved husband Prince Philip and her parents in Windsor later today, after being driven 20 miles from Hyde Park Corner.
Sadness was written on the faces of members of the huge crowd that flooded The Mall, Whitehall and Parliament Square to bid farewell to the beloved monarch.