The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited ITV studios in London today, to celebrate 30 years of the hit show, ‘This Morning’.
Prince Charles and Camilla recorded an interview with hosts, Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, to be aired tomorrow morning on the show, as part of celebrations of the programme’s 30th birthday in October.
Before the interview, the royal couple were given a tour of the studios and met stars of ITV daytime TV including Piers Morgan and Susannah Reid from ‘Good Morning Britain’.
There was even a chance for the heir-to-the-throne to taste a mutton hot-pot in the This Morning kitchen with Phil Vickery and Gino D’Acampo.
During the tour of the studio, Charles and Camilla met three guide dogs in-training, Digby, Clover and Luna; the dogs form part of a campaign to raise awareness of guide dogs through the show. Digby was the star of the day, holding a microphone in his mouth and refusing to let go.
The future King couldn’t stop laughing as he tried to remove the microphone from the dog’s mouth, eventually proving successful. The Duchess has two Jack Russells at home, Bluebell and Beth, both of which are rescues.
— Digby (@TMPuppy) January 31, 2018
Prince Charles also seemed to enjoy chatting to presenter Alison Hammond, whose unique laugh left the royal visitor in stitches as they shared a joke.
Holly Willoughby remarked, “It’s been wonderful to welcome Their Royal Highnesses to This Morning. It’s an exciting year for us here, and it’s lovely to share with them some of our highlights.”
When meeting Piers Morgan, Prince Charles asked about his recent TV interview with President Trump. Piers replied: “He sends his regards!”
The Duchess of Cornwall, who is a well-known fan of the BBC hit show, Strictly Come Dancing, congratulated Ruth Langsford, one of This Morning’s regular Friday presenters, on her appearance on the programme. Eamonn Holmes then thanked the Duchess for a letter she sent him, after he was awarded an OBE earlier this year.
A jar of honey was also gifted to the royal couple.
This Morning editor, Martin Frizell revealed that the royal couple signed a special visitors book to mark the 30th year of the show: “We also asked them to sign our first ever Visitors’ Book, which is going to be filled with pictures and messages from all our guests as we enter our 30th year.
“We’re going to take photos on a Polaroid camera and give the book away to one lucky winner to mark the show’s 30th birthday in October.”
To conclude the visit, The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall attended a cake-cutting ceremony and marked 20 years of the Prince being patron of the Royal Television Society (RTS); he was awarded with the RTS Gold medal.
Charles joked that he would “wear the prize around his neck” on his next visit, and told a room of 200 guests including MPs, TV stars, and students that he was ‘proud’ to be patron of the society, and recognised the professionalism of the British TV industry: “I know how vital it is to maintain […] the quality of what we produce, which is quite remarkable, I think.
— Royal Television Society (@RTS_media) January 31, 2018
“If you go around the world and sometimes watch television in other places, that’s what makes you realise, more than anything else, how brilliantly professional it is in this country.”