Royal staff fuming after celebs and MPs use VIP lanes to skip Queens queue

Royal staff have reportedly been left raging after celebrities and MPs were allowed to "skip the queue" to see the Queen's coffin.

Junior members of the royal household said it was a "kick in the stomach" that MPs were allowed to jump the queue along with their guests while those who have served the Queen haven't even been able to pay their respects.

Secretary of State for Business Jacob Rees-Mogg was accompanied by his three children when he used the "fast track" system while former prime minister Theresa May was spotted doing the same.

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Criticism began when Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield joined the press queue for the purpose of filming a segment for Tuesday's episode of This Morning, with thousands expressing outrage at the duo on social media.

650 MPs were authorised to skip the queue that other members of the public waited over 14 hours in while other parliamentary staff were also permitted to jump ahead.

However, other roles within parliament like security guards and cleaners weren't given the same privilege and were made to queue because they are employed by contractors.

A source told Daily Mail "They have the same Queen as everyone else. It’s pretty galling to see some people being given priority over others."

"There are a lot of people, particularly at Her Majesty’s estates, who have been dealing with household matters or marshalling the public wanting to come and lay tributes, that haven’t been able to pay their own respects.

"It’s definitely left a bad taste in their mouths, especially when many of them have served her loyalty and are now facing redundancy through no fault of their own."

The House of Commons released a statement which said: "It is not possible to open up further access (for staffers) without the risk of impacting access for queueing members of the public."

Amid the backlash aimed at Phil and Holly, This Morning released a statement slamming claims they skipped the queue.

It said: "Hello everyone, we would like to clarify something. We asked Phillip and Holly to be part of a film for this Tuesday's programme. They did not jump the queue, have VIP access or file past the Queen lying in state – but instead were there in a professional capacity as part of the world's media to report on the event."

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