Phillip Schofield, 57, and Holly Willoughby, 39, were on hand to host This Morning today as they continue to entertain viewers locked down at home. With Prince Charles, 72, testing positive for coronavirus, the presenters were joined by journalist Nicola Thorp, 31, and broadcaster Andrew Castle, 56, to discuss the Royal Family. However, when the former brought up Prince Andrew, 60, the host hastily cut her off and shut down the conversation.
The son of Queen Elizabeth II, 93, hit the headlines last year following an interview he gave with BBC Newsnight where he discussed his relationship with convicted sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein.
Prince Andrew has always denied allegations he had sexual contact with an American woman called Virginia Giuffre.
However, The Duke of York’s conversation with journalist Emily Maitlis, 49, received huge backlash from the public and led to him stepping back from royal duties.
With this in mind, Phillip seemed very sceptical about talking about him when Nicola brought him up in a discussion on today’s edition of This Morning.
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The moment came after the hosts had a conversation with their guests about whether Her Majesty should give a public announcement in light of the coronavirus outbreak.
They all seemed to be in agreement this would be a good thing, with journalist Andrew saying: “Boris Johnson got 28 million for his address the other day, I’m sure the Queen would probably get 35 million.
“I think she’s got enough on her plate at the moment with various different aspects of Royal Family life.
“One is looking after Philip, the other one is Charles who has got coronavirus and then, of course, Harry and Meghan and everything else as well.”
We’ll leave it there
“And Andrew,” he added before Nicola chirped up and asked: “Where’s Andrew?”
It was clear the host was very uncomfortable with where the conversation was going.
Cutting off the guest, Phillip said: “Well, we’ll leave it there,” before throwing his hands in the air.
There was awkward laughter from every one, with Holly jumping in to round off the conversation by thanking the guests.
However, her co-star added in reference to Prince Andrew: “How long ago the rest of the world’s news seems to have been.”
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Yesterday, it was the Duke of York’s brother who made the headlines when Clarence House announced the Prince of Wales had contracted the virus.
In a statement, the Royal officials said: “The Prince of Wales has tested positive for coronavirus.
“He has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual.
“The Duchess of Cornwall has also been tested but does not have the virus,” they continued, adding both were now self-isolating at their home in Scotland.
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It’s not been confirmed when and how the Prince caught the disease, but medical professionals have pinpointed him to being infectious from March 13, 2020.
This would need his mother and other immediate members of the Royal Family are unlikely to have contracted the virus.
There has been some confusion on how the Duke of Cornwall was able to be tested when NHS frontline workers have not yet got the availability of such devices.
However, Health Minister Edward Argar, 42, told Sky News the heir to the throne “met the criteria” and “didn’t jump the queue.”
This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.
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