The Queen is currently under “medical supervision” in Balmoral, with the Palace confirming doctors were “concerned” for her health. As a result, the likes of Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and other royals have made their way to be by her side. However, those tuned into ITV at the time the Palace released the news were presented with Loose Women in its regular slot, with no mention of the latest developments regarding Her Majesty.
Elsewhere, however, the BBC interrupted a broadcast of Bargain Hunt to cut to the BBC News channel to provide the latest.
But on Loose Women, the panel continued their chats with Andi Oliver and Coronation Street stalwart, Georgia Taylor.
And this didn’t go unnoticed by a number of ITV viewers, who slammed the network’s decision not to cut to its newsroom to share the latest news.
On Twitter, user @diltondiltond1: “#LooseWomen How ignorant not to report about Queen’s Health!”
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Irene Mangan echoed: “I can’t believe this is on air when the queen is unwell. coverage is on BBC and other channels. #LooseWomen.”
While Ryan Glendenning concurred: “Seems a little insensitive from ITV to not put #LooseWomen on hold over the news about the Queen.”
And Jay Baker also added to the uproar: “Don’t want to be a doom monger. But surely loose women would’ve been told what’s happening with the queen right? #LooseWomen.”
ITV viewer @RoyLee_LY agreed: “BBC – breaks it’s regular programming to tell us the breaking news… However – #LooseWomen are still jabbering on about themselves. Come on @itvstudios the queen is more important than these women.”
A number of supportive messages have also poured in wishing Her Majesty the best following the news.
New Prime Minister Liz Truss tweeted: “The whole country will be deeply concerned by the news from Buckingham Palace this lunchtime.
“My thoughts – and the thoughts of people across our United Kingdom – are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family at this time.”
While former GMB star Piers Morgan added: “I can’t even imagine Britain without this Queen. Very unsettling day.”
Elsewhere, BBC One has pulled its scheduled programming in order for a live feed from its newsroom.
This meant Bargain Hunt was set aside while regional news bulletins were also put on the back-burner.
Channel 4 also followed in ITV’s suit, however, failing to interrupt its own lunchtime programme, Steph’s Packed Lunch.
Loose Women airs weekdays at 12:30pm on ITV.