ITV denies reports that Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield were ‘harassed’ during Queen’s visit

ITV has denied that “The Morning Show” hosts Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby were “harassed” by people waiting in line to see the Queen lying flat.

Last week, the broadcaster issued a statement in defense of the daytime duo after they claimed they had “goed past a queue” inside Westminster Hall, where the late Queen was lying before her funeral.

“They didn’t jump in the queue, couldn’t reach VIPs or get past the Queen who was lying in state – but instead were there in their professional capacity as part of the global media to report on the event,” a company spokesperson said.

On Friday, The Sun published quotes from someone supposedly on the waiting list at the time of Philip and Holly’s visit, who claimed the couple were “harassed” by those in line.

However, the ITV representative insisted that was not the case.

Phillip and Holly are in studio this morning earlier this week
Phillip and Holly are in studio this morning earlier this week

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This account is incorrect and does not represent a fair and accurate representation of what happened that day,” they told Metro.

Philip and Holly were escorted by government employees to work from the media gallery. They did not lift the Queen’s coffin and were there alongside a host of other broadcasters and national media in a professional capacity.”

During Tuesday’s edition of this morning, the couple also addressed the backlash, with Holly insisting: “Like hundreds of accredited broadcasters and journalists, we have been given official permission to access the hall. The purpose was specifically to report the event to the millions of people in the UK who were unable to Visiting Westminster in person.

“The rules were that we would be escorted quickly around the edges to a platform at the back. By contrast, those who paid respects walked along a carpeted area beside the coffin and were given time to stop.

“None of the broadcasters and journalists took the place of anyone on the waiting list, and no one came forward to the Queen’s side.

“We, of course, respected those rules. However, we are aware that it may have seemed like something else and so we fully understand the reaction. Please know that we are not going to skip the queue.”