TV rivals Piers Morgan and Dan Walker both heartbroken by Queen in solitary mourning

Katie Archer
·Contributor
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Queen Elizabeth II takes her seat for the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Berkshire. Picture date: Saturday April 17, 2021.
The Queen takes her seat for the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. (PA)

Broadcasting rivals Piers Morgan and Dan Walker were united in their heartbreak at an image of the Queen sitting in solitary mourning at her husband Prince Philip's funeral.

The TV news presenters have often clashed over the years, disagreeing over interviewing styles between Walker's role at BBC Breakfast and Morgan's former job fronting Good Morning Britain.

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However, they both agreed that a photo showing the Queen sitting alone in St George's Chapel for Prince Philip's funeral was desperately sad, tweeting very similar sentiments about it.

Queen Elizabeth II arriving at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Berkshire, during the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh. Picture date: Saturday April 17, 2021.
Queen Elizabeth II arriving at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle during the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh (PA)

Morgan wrote: "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."

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Walker, sharing the same photo, wrote: "This is such a poignant photograph. A reminder of how this pandemic has changed all our lives. The Queen sits alone, with a mask on, as she says farewell to her ‘strength & stay’ for so much of her life."

VIRGINIA WATER, ENGLAND - MAY 23:  Piers Morgan chats with Dan Walker during the Pro Am for the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on May 23, 2018 in Virginia Water, England.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Piers Morgan and Dan Walker (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Although the presenters have often criticised each other on Twitter, Walker recently said following Morgan's departure from Good Morning Britain: "He likes to throw a few insults around, but underneath all the froth I think there is a decent bloke fighting to get out."

The Queen was joined by Prince Charles, William, Harry, Andrew, Edward and Princess Anne in a group of just 30 mourners paying their respects at the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral, with crowd limitations in place because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Harry attended the funeral after flying back to the UK alone, with his pregnant wife Meghan Markle remaining in the US on doctors' advice.

Morgan was recently ousted from Good Morning Britain for his comments about Markle following her tell-all Oprah Winfrey interview where she made a number of claims about her life with the royals.

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