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Mel B lashes out at Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby after claiming they jumped the queen queue

Mel B savagely slapped Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby over claims they jumped the queue while the late Queen lay in state while ITV presenter Susanna Reid waited seven hours to see the monarch’s coffin.

The Spice Girl, 47, appeared on Good Morning Britain on Tuesday to speak with hosts Susanna and Ben Shephard about being awarded an MBE by the late Queen Elizabeth II.

During their video call, Mel, 47, attacked Phillip, 60, and Holly, 41, claimed they jumped the five-mile line of members of the public waiting to see the monarch’s coffin.

It was reported on Friday that the queue was closed for six hours on Friday, extending the wait to “at least 14 hours” with members of the public and celebrities alike trying to join the queue.

But This Morning presenters are said to have joined a separate line and have been taken to a press gallery to film for Tuesday’s episode of the ITV show.

This Morning bosses denied show hosts Holly and Phillip “VIP access” and filed “past the in-state queen” while filming a segment for the program on Friday.

Now Mel waded into line when she asked Susanna Reid what it was like to have to queue for more than seven hours to see the Queen’s coffin at Westminster Hall on Thursday.

Susanna replied, “It felt like a pilgrimage. It was an honor to stand in line with all the other people.”

To which Mel wildly quipped, “No queue jumping for you,” seemingly referring to the controversy surrounding Phillip and Holly allegedly skipping the queue.

But Susanna spoke up for her fellow ITV presenters as she insisted: “Some people had to work, but I was there with my mother.”

Speaking of meeting King Charles III. Mel also broke royal protocol when she kissed the then-Prince of Wales.

Thinking about the moment she said: “I was younger, much younger, and being in this environment – it’s so regal and posh – me and Geri thought we were having fun.

“Well I wouldn’t do that if I met him…What the Queen did, she brought us all together, I’d be on my Ps and Qs if I met her again.”

The singer also admitted she was honored to be one of the last people to receive an MBE from the Queen before her death on September 8.

She said: “She’s taken some time off to connect with people, it’s such an honor. It was good for me to think about it.

“I was the last group of people to be honored and awarded an MBE by her. I got this for Women’s Aid, my charity, this year. I feel very honored and very overwhelmed.”

On Tuesday on Good Morning Britain, Susanna also wore navy blue to mark a “transitional moment” following Monday’s funeral for Queen Elizabeth.

During the national mourning period, broadcasters wore all black as a mark of respect, and after she was buried at Windsor Castle, the GMB team continued to wear dark colours.

Explaining the decision on Tuesday’s episode, Susanna said, “It feels like a transitional moment because the time of national mourning has come to an end, so we’ve moved on to more sombre outfits, navy blue.”

The late monarch was buried in the King George VI Memorial Chapel with her late husband, Prince Philip, following her state funeral at Westminster Abbey.

Susanna and her co-star Ben Shephard hosted a special edition of GMB outside Westminster Abbey on the morning of the funeral, and she described her role as “an honour”.

She added: “It was like being an eyewitness to the story, wasn’t it?

“A truly privileged position and it was an honor to be there with you [the viewers] yesterday morning and now the queen has been laid to rest.’

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