Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield: We'd 'never jump the queue' to see Queen lying in state

This Morning hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield say they would “never jump a queue,” as they addressed the controversy over their visit to report on the Queen lying in state.Speaking on Tuesday’s episode of This Morning, Willoughby said: “Like hundreds of accredited broadcasters and journalists we were given official permission to access the hall."

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- Like hundreds of accredited broadcasters and journalists, we were given official permission to access the hall. It was strictly for the purpose of reporting on the event for millions of people in the UK who haven't been able 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 paying respects walked along a carpeted area beside the coffin and were given time to pause.

None of the broadcasters and journalists there took anyone's place in the queue. And no one filed past the queen. We, of course, respected those rules. However, we realized that it may have looked like something else and therefore totally understand the reaction. Please know that we would never jump a queue.