Mel B made a savage swipe Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby over claims they jumped the queue while the late Queen lay in state, while fellow ITV presenter Susanna Reid waited for seven hours to view the monarch’s coffin.
The Spice Girl, 47, appeared on Tuesday’s Good Morning Britain to speak about being awarded with an MBE from the late Queen Elizabeth II with hosts Susanna and Ben Shephard.
During her video call in, Mel, 47, made a dig at Phillip, 60, and Holly, 41, over claims they jumped the five-mile long queue of members of the public waiting to see the monarch’s coffin.
Savage: Mel B seemed to make a swipe at Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby after Eamonn Holmes hit out at them over claims they jumped the queue while the Queen lay in state
It was reported on Friday that the queue was closed for six hours of Friday, boosting the wait time to ‘at least 14 hours’, with members of the public and celebrities alike trying to join the queue.
But the This Morning hosts 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.
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 on Friday.
Now, Mel has waded into the row as she asked Susanna Reid what it was like queuing for more than seven hours to view the Queen’s coffin at Westminster Hall on Thursday.
‘No queue jumping for you!’: Mel asked Susanna Reid what it was like queuing for more than seven hours to view the Queen’s coffin at Westminster Hall on Thursday
Susanna replied: ‘It felt like a pilgrimage. It was an honour to be with all the other people in the queue.’
To which Mel savagely quipped, ‘No queue jumping for you,’ seemingly referring to the controversy surrounding Phillip and Holly allegedly skipping the queue.
But Susanna stuck up for her fellow ITV presenters as she insisted: ‘Some people had to work, but I was there with my Mum.’
Speaking of meeting King Charles III, Mel also went against royal protocol as she kissed the then-Prince of Wales.
Awkward! Mel savagely quipped, ‘No queue jumping for you,’ seemingly referring to the controversy surrounding Phillip and Holly allegedly skipping the queue
Reflecting on the moment, she said: ‘I was younger, much younger, and being in that environment – it’s so Royal and posh – me and Geri thought we’d be fun.
‘Now, I wouldn’t do that if I met him… What the Queen did, she united us all together, I would be on my Ps and Qs if I met them again.’
The singer also admitted that she felt honoured to have been one of the last people to be awarded an MBE from the Queen before her death on September 8.
She said: ‘She took time out to be connected with the people, this is such an honour. It made me well up thinking about it.
Claims: As queues reached five miles and were reportedly shut for six hours, Holly and Phillip were said to have joined a separate line whisked to the front
Queuing: On Thursday, Susanna revealed that she queued for more than seven hours to view the Queen’s coffin on its first day being on public view at Westminster Hall
‘I was the last group of people to be honoured by her and awarded an MBE. I got that this year for Women’s Aid, my charity. I feel very honoured and very overwhelmed.’
On Tuesday’s Good Morning Britain, Susanna also wore dark blue to mark a ‘transitionary moment’ after Queen Elizabeth’s funeral on Monday.
During the national period of mourning, broadcasters were wearing all black as a sign of respect, and after she was laid to rest at Windsor Castle, the GMB team have continued to wear dark colours.
Explaining the decision on Tuesday’s episode, Susanna said: ‘It feels like a transitionary moment because the period of national mourning has come to an end, so we have transitioned into more sombre outfits, dark blue.’
Respect: On Tuesday’s Good Morning Britain, Susanna also wore dark blue to mark a ‘transitionary moment’ after Queen Elizabeth’s funeral on Monday
The late monarch was buried alongside her late husband Prince Philip at the King George VI Memorial Chapel following her state funeral at Westminster Abbey.
Susanna and her co-star Ben Shephard fronted a special edition of GMB outside Westminster Abbey on the morning of the funeral, and she described her role as ‘an honour’.
She added: ‘It was like being an eye-witness to history, wasn’t it?
‘A real privileged position and it was an honour to be there with you [the viewers] yesterday morning and now the Queen has been laid to rest.’
Ben heaped praise on the Queen’s Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards for the ‘spellbinding’ work they did carrying Her Majesty’s coffin.
Achievement: The singer also admitted that she felt honoured to have been one of the last people to be awarded an MBE from the Queen before her death on September 8
He said: ‘Those eight young men who shouldered the queen’s coffin all day. At no point did these young men make a mistake.
‘It was just the most remarkable performance from them. To do it with the weight of the world on their shoulders, it was just spellbinding.’
On Monday, Susanna reflected on queueing for more than seven hours to see the late monarch’s lying in state, describing it as a ‘privilege’.
She reflected: ‘It is an enormous privilege to have been able to do that, to spend time paying our last respects, but also those hours in the queue as well, coming to an end now.’
Susanna had revealed on Thursday that she had queued for more than seven hours to view the Queen’s coffin on its first day being on public view at Westminster Hall.
Hitting out: Eamonn Holmes (left with Isabel Webster) made a dig at Phillip and Holly after it was claimed they queue-jumped to film a segment for This Morning as the Queen lay in state
She described the ‘historic’ moment as ‘majestic and peaceful’ as she revealed she had joined mourners in the massive queues, which had reached five miles in length.
She wrote: ‘Evening – along with my lovely mum and her very good friend, I have just experienced a moment in history – witnessing the Queen lying in state in Westminster Hall. At once majestic and peaceful.’
‘If you are planning to queue here are our tips. We joined at 1.23pm near Butlers Wharf and entered Westminster Hall at 8.43pm – 7 hours 20 mins,’ she added.
However, her fellow ITV presenters Phillip and Holly have been accused of queue-jumping on Friday, when lines reached five miles in length as people queued to pay their respects.
Speaking out: This Morning bosses denied show hosts Holly and Phillip had ‘VIP access’ and filed ‘past the Queen lying in state’
And former This Morning presenter Eamonn Holmes commented on the row as he made a joke about Phil and Holly in reference to their alleged queue-jumping.
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.
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?’
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
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.
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 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.
‘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.
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
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.’
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.
Funneral: Britain ground to a halt today as millions gathered together to watch the Queen’s funeral and bid her a final farewell
Mourners stopped in the street to watch the event on their phones as the solemn display of reverence was demonstrated across the nation.
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.
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