James Blunt takes swipe at Phillip Schofield amid ‘queue skipping’ accusations

James Blunt appears to have taken a swipe at This Morning's Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby following claims they bunked the queue to pay respect to the late Queen.

The presenters had been filmed by onlookers walking into Westminster Hall in black mourning clothes while thousands of people queued for up to 24 hours.

Queen Elizabeth II was lying-in-state at the historic hall, with mourners flocking to Westminster to walk past and pay their respects to the late Monarch who died aged 96 on September 8.

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James, 48, had been one of many mourners who had queued up alongside his wife, Sofia, 39.

However, one royal update account shared that James was in the queue and the former reconnaissance officer in the Life Guards regiment of the British Army used the opportunity to make a thinly veiled dig.

In view of his 2.2 million fans, he responded: "Offered to sing, and am now being ushered to the front."

Meanwhile, fans took to the replies of the post laughing at James' joke, with one saying: "I respect that he acknowledges how bad it is."

"This guy never misses," said another alongside a string of laughing emojis.

Before a third commented: "Well done you for queuing."

"Again. Celeb status not being used because he wants to join the queue like everyone else. 1 of many reasons why I love you @JamesBlunt," said another

One noted that the singer had stood guard over Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother's body, replying: "It probably has something to do with the fact he stood watch over the Queen's Mother's body while he was still in uniform."

Following the accusations that Phillip and Holly had skipped the queue, ITV have since released a statement shutting down the claims.

A spokesperson for the network said: "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 pair faced calls from viewers for them to be sacked from their role on This Morning after they were seen to be walking in ahead of the queuing public.

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