Piers Morgan recalls Prince Philip’s brutal swipe over Britain’s Got Talent judging role

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Piers Morgan, 56, has paid tribute to Prince Philip by recalling a funny story about their past encounters. The star revealed that the Duke of Edinburgh, who died peacefully at the age of 99 at Windsor Castle, was less than impressed with his former role as a Britain’s Got Talent judge.

Piers chatted to the Duke after he introduced the first Royal Variety Show performance by a Britain’s Got Talent winner, singer Paul Potts.

The former Good Morning Britain presenter reflected on the memorable evening in his latest column.

He wrote about how BGT champ Paul “nearly self-combusted with joy and pride” when the Queen told him: “You were very good.”

However, Prince Philip was quick to issue a swipe at the judges, Piers, Amanda Holden and Simon Cowell, for “sponging off” the singer and his talent.

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Piers recalled the late royal clenching onto his hand before asking: “You’re judges, is that right?”

When the presenter confirmed that the Duke was correct, Philip cheekily quipped: “So, you lot sponge off him then?”

Piers then shared another encounter he experienced with the Duke, during which the royal avoided him because he was a member of the press.

When the duo first met in 1998, Piers said the prince “glared at me like I’d just strangled his wife’s corgis” when he found out he was a journalist.


The star then overheard Philip mumbling: “My God, you just can’t tell from the outside, can you?”

Despite Philip’s words, Piers insisted he understood why the Duke was wary of being around the press at the time.

Philip’s funeral took place yesterday afternoon at St George’s Chapel, Windsor. 

Although Prince Harry made his way back from LA to attend his grandfather’s funeral, his wife Meghan Markle was not in attendance after doctors advised her not to travel due to her pregnancy.

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The Duke’s wife, the Queen, was seen sitting alone and wearing a mask for the duration of the service.

Current Covid restrictions state that funeral guests who are not members of the same household have to sit two metres apart.

Piers shared his emotional response to an image of the Queen sitting completely by herself while at her late husband’s funeral.

The star shared a crying face emoji on his Twitter account in view of his 7.9 million followers alongside the photo of the monarch.

He added: “Has there ever been a more heart-breaking picture of The Queen?

“The cruel separation and loneliness suffered by so many in this pandemic, now endured by the world’s most famous woman as she says goodbye to her husband of 73 years. Just devastating.”

Members of the family including Prince Charles and Princess Anne were able to walk together as part of the funeral procession before the service.

The coffin was carried in a custom-made Land Rover which the Duke Of Edinburgh helped to design for the funeral.

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