Holly Willoughby revealed that she ‘feels sad’ for Prince Philip and said he ‘deserves privacy’ after people tried to get pictures of him when he left the hospital yesterday.
During Tuesday’s This Morning Holly and Phillip were discussing the latest headlines and whether Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Ophra Winfrey interview should be delayed because of Prince Philip’s poor health.
The topic soon shifted to the presenters talking about the Duke of Edinburgh, who has been transferred to St Bartholomew’s Hospital for continued treatment, after 13 nights at another London hospital.
Holly explained that when the Royal left King Edward VII’s hospital, he was shielded by umbrellas to stop people from taking photos of him looking poorly.
‘I couldn’t help but just feel really sad actually,’ Holly began. ‘That this was a moment where this really poorly gentleman is going into a hospital, doesn’t want to be seen.
‘You would hope he would have privacy at that moment, and yet he’s having to shield or being shielded by this wall of umbrellas.’
‘And cameras up at the ambulance window,’ Phillip weighed in.
‘Is there ever a moment to give people a little bit of space and privacy? I guess that’s what Harry and Meghan were talking about,’ she added.
Gyles Brandreth, who also appeared via video link, pointed out to the hosts that Prince Philip ‘has had a lifetime’ of being photographed.
He went on to add that it began in the 1940s when the Royal spotted a camera lens underneath a table at a crowded restaurant.
Holly’s comments come after she threw her support behind Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for their tell-all interview with Ophra.
Chatting with Matthew Wright and Julia Harley-Brewer on Monday’s This Morning, Matthew began by explaining that he ‘was torn’ by the interview and what backlash it may receive.
‘It is quite clear his mental health and the wellbeing of his family’s mental health is at the forefront of his mind,’ he began.
‘Then I have to say, I almost hate myself for saying it, when you hear it was survivability, just about survivable, but you factor in moving into a £11 million home, signing multimillion pound contracts with media agencies a lot of people are gonna sit there and think.’
Interrupting him, Holly quipped back: ‘But the money thing is just dressing and distraction isn’t it? Take that away and the story is two people doing something with their own best interest at heart isn’t it, surely?’
Defending their choice to have privacy, Holly later added: ‘They are allowed to talk about their lives in a way that they want to though.’
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