Holly Willoughby has stated that she and Phillip Schofield “Would never jump the queue” in response to the widespread outrage over their visit to see the Queen lying-in-state.
This Morning presenter went into Westminster Hall last week to witness the Queen’s coffin before her funeral.
The pair were accused of “Skipping the queue” after being granted access to a separate media line as thousands of mourners waited for hours.
When ITV’s daytime show returned on Tuesday (20 September), a montage of the 11 days since the monarch’s passing and This Morning’s subsequent coverage was presented.
Despite rumors that ITV executives were undecided about showing the footage from the Queen’s lying-in-state because of the popular reaction, it did air.
Schofield and Willoughby were spotted conversing with queue members and watching a painter paint the image on the canvas.
Willougby then claimed in a voice-over that the pair were given “Formal authorization” to see the casket “strictly for the purpose of reporting on the event” as members of the media.
“None of the broadcasters there removed anyone’s spot in the queue,” she explained, adding that the show “well understands the anger.”
“Please understand that we would never skip the line,” Willoughby said.