ITV denies reports Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield were ‘interested’ during Queen’s visit

ITV has denied that This Morning presenters Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby were “bullied” by people waiting in line to see the Queen in state.

Last week, the broadcaster released a statement in defense of the duo during the day after it was alleged that they had “jumped in line” at Westminster Hall, where the late monarch lay in state before her funeral.

“They didn’t jump in line, didn’t have VIP access or go past the queen in state — but instead were there in a professional capacity as part of the global media to cover the event,” said one spokesman.

On Friday, The Sun published quotes from someone supposedly standing in line at the time of Phillip and Holly’s visit, claiming that the couple were “interested” by those in line.

However, an ITV representative has maintained that this was not the case.

Phillip and Holly earlier this week in the This Morning studio

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

“Phillip and Holly were guided by government officials to work from the media gallery. They did not pass by the Queen’s coffin and stood there alongside many other broadcasters and national media in a professional capacity.

During Tuesday’s edition of This Morning, the pair also spoke out head-on, with Holly insisting: “Like hundreds of accredited broadcasters and journalists, we were given official clearance 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 there took anyone’s place in line, and no one walked past the Queen.

“Of course we respected those rules. However, we realize it may have looked like something else and therefore fully understand the reaction. Please know that we would never queue.”

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