Holly Willoughby sympathizes with Prince Harry and Meghan's privacy struggles as she reveals her own 'sadness'

The This Morning co-host has given her views on privacy

Holly Willoughby feeling 'really sad', attends the "Frozen 2" European premiere at BFI Southbank on November 17, 2019 in London
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Holly Willoughby sympathizes with Harry and Meghan as she admitted she's feeling 'really sad' after noticing Prince Philip's lack of privacy as he left the hospital.

The TV presenter was discussing the way the Duke of Edinburgh was transferred from London's King Edward VII hospital on Monday 1st March by ambulance and taken to St. Bart's hospital to receive treatment for an infection and a pre-existing heart condition.

As she watched back the footage, which showed a patient being shielded by giant umbrellas as paramedics transferred them into the ambulance that was waiting outside, there were camera crews awaiting the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the duke.

Holly, 40, told This Morning viewers and co-host Phillip Schofield, "I couldn’t help but just feel really sad, actually, that this was a moment where this really poorly gentleman is going into a hospital, doesn’t want to be seen, you would hope he would have privacy at that moment, and yet he’s having to be shielded."

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Staff use umbrellas to shield an individual wheeled to an ambulance parked outside the rear entrance of King Edward VII's Hospital in central London on March 1, 2021, where Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh has been staying.

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Buckingham Palace today confirmed the duke is recovering from a 'successful' heart operation and is expected to remain in the hospital for further days to come.

Meanwhile, Prince Harry and Meghan, whose much-talked-about interview with Oprah Winfrey is set to be aired this Sunday, 7th March, had one of its preview clips revealed today.

The show, which aired a clip of Meghan accusing the firm of 'perpetuating falsehoods' about her, is expected to reveal why they quit the UK for more private life in Los Angeles. 

And having seen the way Prince Philip, 99, was under the spotlight, has made Holly show some empathy for the Sussexes.

"Is there ever a moment to give people a little bit of space and privacy? I guess that’s what Harry and Meghan were talking about," she added.

And one This Morning viewer tweeted, 'Holly finally understanding why Harry and Meghan left; the constant hounding and harassment of the British media #thismorning.' And another put, 'I thought how the press behaved around Prince Phillip being transferred to the ambulance yesterday was disgusting. He’s a poorly, elderly man yet the vultures were there right at the windows of the ambulance with their lenses. No wonder Harry &Meghan left #ThisMorning'

Selina Maycock
Selina Maycock

Selina is a Senior Celebrity Writer with more than 13 years experience in newspapers and magazines. She is currently Senior Entertainment writer for Goodto.com, womanandhome.com and Myimperfectlife.com

Before joining Future [formerly TI Media], Selina spent two years as a Showbiz Freelance Writer, worked as a Showbiz Writer at Heat magazine. Selina previously spent six years as Acting News Editor and Entertainment Reporter at the Scunthorpe Telegraph where she was awarded a O2 Media Judges' Special Award for helping a terminally ill cancer sufferer realise his dying wish and marry his childhood sweetheart.

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