Eamonn Holmes made a savage dig at Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby after it was claimed they jumped the queue at Westminster Hall in London last week to film a segment for This Morning while the late Queen lie in state.
With reports the five-mile long queue of members of the public waiting to view the monarch’s coffin had been closed for six hours on Friday, boosting the wait time to ‘at least 14 hours’, the TV duo were said to have joined a separate line and were taken into a press gallery to film for Tuesday’s instalment 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 axed from presenting This Morning on Friday – made a joke about Phil and Holly in reference to their alleged queue-jumping.
Hitting out: Eamonn Holmes (left) made a dig at Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby after it was claimed they queue-jumped to film a segment for This Morning as the Queen lie in state (Eamonn pictured with his GB News co-host Isabel Webster)
Eamonn’s GB News co-host Isabel Webster, 39, introduced a guest, saying: ‘[They] suffered that queue and they were not of any insignificant age, we’ll be talking to them after this.’
Jumping at the opportunity to criticise Phil and Holly, Eamonn chimed in: ‘What, Holly and Phillip?’
This Morning bosses denied show hosts Holly and Phillip had ‘VIP access’ and filed ‘past the Queen lying in state’ as they filmed a segment for the programme at Westminster Hall in London on Friday.
Claims: With reports the queue of people waiting to view the monarch’s coffin had been closed for six hours on Friday the TV duo were said to have joined a separate line whisked to the front (Holly Willougby and Phillip Schofield pictured)
The presenters cut sombre 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 evening, ITV bosses bosses posted a statement on Instagram which denied the pair had received special treatment: ‘Hello everyone, we would like to clarify something,’ it read.
‘We asked Phillip and Holly to be part of a film for this Tuesday’s programme.
Speaking out: This Morning bosses denied show hosts Holly and Phillip had ‘VIP access’ and filed ‘past the Queen lying in state’
‘They did not jump the queue, have VIP access or file past the Queen lying in state – but instead were there in a professional capacity as part of the world’s media to report on the event.’
An ITV spokesperson 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 staff.
‘They did not file past The Queen’s coffin. They were there alongside a host of other broadcasters and national press outlets for an item that will be broadcast on Tuesday’s show. Any allegations of improper behaviour are categorically untrue.’
The broadcasters donned all black ensembles, with Holly, 41, in a face mask, as they made their way into the historic building where the late monarch was lying in state following her death last week.
A source told MailOnline: ‘They did not get to pay their respects to the Queen in the same way as queuing members of the public but they filmed in a section put aside for press.
‘This Morning’s Friday show has been cancelled in favour of rolling ITV news coverage in the lead-up to the Queen’s state funeral. The programme will be back on screens on Tuesday.’
Low-key: The This Morning presenters donned all black ensembles, with Holly in a face mask, as they made their way into the historic building to view the late monarch lying in state
Attire: Phillip, 60, opted to wear a smart black suit and tie for the visit, with the presenter sporting a glum look on his face as he followed behind his co-star
Phillip, 60, opted to wear a smart black suit and tie for the visit, with the presenter sporting a glum look on his face as he followed behind his co-star.
Britain ground to a halt today as millions gathered together to watch the Queen’s funeral and bid her a final farewell from home, in pubs, cares homes and airports.
Mourners stopped in the street to watch the event on their phones as the solemn display of reverence was demonstrated across the nation.
Funneral: Britain ground to a halt today as millions gathered together to watch the Queen’s funeral and bid her a final farewell
Hundreds of thousands watched as the historic funeral was broadcast on large outdoor screens in 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 the Long Walk in Windsor and those gathered in cathedrals, public parks, city centres and Government buildings also fell silent.
Regal: King Charles III and Camilla Queen Consort follow the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II following the service at Westminster Abbey
The funeral, which was been dubbed the most-watched event in history, was viewed by an estimated 4.1billion people worldwide.
Her Majesty will be laid to rest in Windsor next to her beloved husband Prince Philip and her parents later today after being driven 20 miles from Hyde Park Corner.
Grief was etched on the faces of members of the huge crowds who swamped The Mall, Whitehall and Parliament Square to bade farewell to the beloved monarch.
Post service: The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in a Royal Standard and adorned with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign’s orb and sceptre is taken into Westminster Abbey
Procession: Members of the armed forces march during the funeral procession for Queen Elizabeth II
The crowds broke into applause and cheers after the Queen’s coffin passed them and also when Her Majesty circled round the Queen Victoria Memorial outside Buckingham Palace as Big Ben chimed a mile away.
Members of the royal family, including King Charles III, remained marched poignantly behind, while other members of the Royal Family, including the Princess of Wales and her children George and Charlotte looked on at the crowds as they passed them in vehicles.
The Queen died at the age of 96 at her beloved Balmoral Castle in Scotland last Thursday.
A man wrapped in the Union Flag clutches Paddington Bear and sobs for the Queen on The Mall