This Morning bosses denied the show’s presenters Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield “VIP access” and filed “past the in-state Queen” as they presented a segment for the show at Westminster Hall in London on Friday turned the program.
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.
The five-mile line 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 separate queue and been taken to a press gallery.
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 didn’t jump in the queue, have VIP access to files behind the Queen in state – but were instead there in a professional capacity as part of the world media to cover the event.”
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.
Socialite Lizzie Cundy spoke out furiously to defend her boyfriend Phillip.
The former WAG, 54, who was married to former footballer Jason Cundy from 1994 to 2012, spoke out when TalkTV host James Whale asked her: “What’s your take on that filthy, disgusting person, Phillip Schofield?
“Come on, answer the question. I know you know him pretty well, it’s disgusting isn’t it?
“He pushed himself into the queue, he didn’t care.”
She replied: “I think whoever you are, an MP, a celebrity intruding, it’s not Stringfellows, it’s not a nightclub you’re going to, ‘Oh my god, I’ve got a VIP pass, with where I can bring four friends. ”
“This is to show respect to our Queen, I’m not happy about anyone intruding.”
James added: “I think Holly and Phil should absolutely be ashamed of themselves because they are young and fit.
“I find it appalling, what are they? TV presenters?’
Lizzie replied: “I’m not happy about anyone pushing in, my boy has been in line for six hours.”
She added: “You talk about safety, David Beckham is probably one of the most famous people on the planet, he queued up.
“I thought that was so good, why can’t Theresa May get in line like the rest of us, get at the end of the line, keep up with everyone else.
“You could do yourself a favor by queuing. I was really proud that David Beckham was queuing today.”
James said: “I wish you would take that delay into account, Lizzie, or we’ll fight. If you see your friend Schofield later, tell him I think he’s a complete idiot.”
MailOnline has reached out to ITV for comment.