British morning TV presenters Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield have addressed allegations that they jumped in line to see the Queen in state.
The presenting duo said they “understood” why they got a backlash after using media passes to gain entry to Westminster Hall, while other celebrities queued for hours with members of the public.
This Morning’s TV show on Tuesday kicked off with a montage of emotional moments since the Queen’s death, including a clip from the hall, The Sun reported.
Holly, 42, told viewers as the footage aired: “Like hundreds of accredited broadcasters and journalists, we were given official permission to enter the venue. It was solely intended to cover the event for millions of people in the UK who were unable to visit Westminster in person.
“The rules were that we would be quickly escorted around the edges to a platform at the back. In contrast, those who paid respect walked past a carpeted area next to the coffin and were given time to pause.
“None of the broadcasters and journalists took anyone’s place in line and no one passed the Queen.
“Of course we respected those rules, but we realized it might have looked like something else and so we fully understand the reaction.
“Please know that we would never queue.”
A clip followed from outside Westminster Hall as Phil reflected on his visit, saying, “That must be one of the most profound moments of my life.”
However, fans were unimpressed by their explanation, calling it a “pathetic excuse”.
Dozens shared their frustration on Twitter after Holly and Phil, 60, addressed the resistance.
One viewer tweeted: “Sad apologies. The 3 of them @hollywills @Schofe #MartinFrizell saw a loophole to jump in line. Since when does one of them go to an outdoor shoot. Lost the last bit of faith they had with the viewers @itv #ThisMorning @thismorning”
Another raged: “They still jumped in the queue. ‘we would never queue’ my a**e. It’s not broadcasters, this morning is a talk show. Susanna Reid is an announcer for GMB and like the rest of us she has been waiting for hours. Holly and Phil have no shame, it’s a shame.”
As a third typed: “Well, one for the scrapbook ‘Sorry if you thought it was wrong’. S**t explanation, it’s not even journalists, it’s a magazine program, you don’t have to be there at all, let alone jump in.”
David Beckham was one of the celebrities who lined up with everyone else to see the Queen in state.
This story was originally published by The Sun and reproduced with permission