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This Morning host Alison Hammond has been criticised for her comments on Prince Philip.
Alison Hammond (opens in new tab) has received a backlash on social media for her comments on Prince Philip following his death.
The bubbly This Morning presenter angered some viewers following the remarks she made in relation to the news of the Duke of Edinburgh passing away aged 99 (opens in new tab).
She was discussing the death as part of the show alongside co-host Dermot O'Leary (opens in new tab) and guests Matthew Wright and Camilla Tominey. But her remarks have been dubbed 'insensitive'.
In starting the discussion, Alison, who was previously pictured sharing a joke with Prince Charles during a visit to the London ITV studios as part of the 90th anniversary of the Royal Television Society, said, “I know we were all expecting him to die, but it was still quite shocking.”
Alison then turned to her guest Camilla and asked, 'Camilla, how did you take the news? Did you know it was going to happen?'
Prince Philip was hospitalised (opens in new tab) back in February after he was admitted for feeling 'unwell'. The Duke went on to have heart surgery (opens in new tab) he returned home after a month in hospital.
A statement from Buckingham Palace on Friday 9th April read, 'It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.'
But Alison's remarks during her recapping of the news for viewers on Monday's show has been branded "rude" and "unprofessional" and viewers took to Twitter to express their anger at her choice of words.
One person wrote, 'I know we were expecting him to die and everything like that?!’ I am sorry but how rude & unprofessional is that comment?!'
Another put, 'Not watching this show any longer. Alison: ‘We were expecting him to die?’ #WTF How professional!!'
And a third tweeted, '@AlisonHammond may need to hone her presenting and interviewing skills because to say ‘We were expecting him to die’ is very insensitive and incredibly unprofessional.'
Others This Morning viewers are full of nothing but praise for Alison and more regular presenting role, with some rushing to defend her against the backlash.
'Alison Hammond is the most real person in TV... leave her the f alone,' one penned.
Meanwhile, Alison has returned to the This Morning sofa today to share the story of how a man turned his life around thanks to Prince Philip's Duke of Edinburgh initiative.
The Duke of Edinburgh is a youth awards programme founded in the United Kingdom in 1956 by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, that has since expanded to 144 nations.
The Duke’s funeral (opens in new tab) will take place this Saturday (April 17) at St George’s Chapel.
Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 14 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for Goodto.com, Woman&Home, and My Imperfect Life. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.
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