Prince Charles was left red-faced and giggling after he had to wrestle a microphone from the jaws of This Morning dog Digby today.
The Prince of Wales, 69, and the Duchess of Cornwall, 70, found themselves in the midst of canine chaos at the show’s London ITV studios, as the royals helped presenters Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield celebrate the programme’s 30th year on air.
On a whistle-stop tour of the studios, Charles and Camilla, dressed in a stylish deep emerald skirt suit, met the shining lights of ITV’s daytime schedule including Good Morning Britain’s Piers Morgan and Susannah Reid and This Morning’s Friday presenters Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford.
There was even time to chow down on a mutton hot pot as the royals sampled the delights of the This Morning kitchen with Phil Vickery and Gino D’Acampo at the culinary helm.
The broadcaster released a series of images and footage ahead of the interview being shown on the programme tomorrow.
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The sofa’s looking very regal this morning! A suited-and-booted Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby welcomed Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall onto the sofa that has seen hundreds of famous faces interviewed on it
Prince Charles points a finger at Phillip as the quartet sit down to chat about life working on one of the country’s leading daytime shows. Camilla, elegant in a emerald green skirt suit, laughed before the royals admired the show’s recent win at the National Television Awards
Never work with children and animals! Prince Charles is left red in the face – and laughing – as he wrestles a microphone from Digby the This Morning dog’s mouth during the royal visit to the ITV set this morning
Camilla scribes inside a special anniversary visitors’ book set up to mark 30 years of the show being on air; the popular daytime television programme celebrates its official birthday in October
A feast to behold: While Prince Charles is deep in conversation with Phillip, Camilla enjoys a taste of mutton hot pot and honeyed parsnips, cooked up by resident chef Phil Vickery and using the official This Morning honey
It’s delicious! Camilla, opting for a smart suit in emerald green and four strings of pearls with matching earrings, looked to be enjoying the opportunity for some midday snacking
The show’s stars, Phil and Holly, looked delighted to be hosting the VIPs, with a normally casual Phillip donning a whistle and flute for the occasion as they prepared to meet the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall
This October marks 30 years since the show aired for the first time – and with Charles preparing to mark his 70th birthday in November, there was clearly a celebratory feeling in the air.
Holly and Phil looked delighted to kick off the year-long party by giving the VIPs a tour of the sets they use every day.
The royals appeared in jocular mood too throughout their tour, as they got a glimpse behind the scenes of one of the UK’s most successful studios and met some of the broadcaster’s major talents.
However, it was arguably Digby the guide dog in-training who raised the biggest smile from the Prince – after the little scamp refused to let go of a piece of sound equipment he had clamped in his mouth.
When Charles and Camilla arrived fresh from the kitchen to meet a trio of assistant dogs, Digby, Clover and Luna, the pooches seemed determined to show Charles that you should never work with children or animals – especially when the television cameras are rolling.
Wearing a smart suit with matching tie and pocket square, the Prince appeared a little red in the face under the warm studio lights. Right: Charles and Digby’s handler discuss his assistant-dotg training programme with the Prince
It was all going so well! After a tour of This Morning’s kitchen – and a chat with chef Phil Vickery – Prince Charles’ next meet was with a trio of guide dogs
Hand it over! The determined dog refuses to let go of the equipment…until Prince Charles steps in and wins the battle
From Trump to Charles! Earlier in the day, the royals headed to the Good Morning Britain set, where presenter Piers Morgan, who co-hosts Good Morning Britain with Susannah Reid, is seen shaking the Prince of Wales’ hand
Susannah Reid clasps the hand of Camilla while Piers and the Prince exchange pleasantaries. Far left: GMB presenters Kate Garraway and Charlotte Hawkins look on
The good-natured encounter saw the Prince crumbling with laughter as he tried to retrieve the microphone. Eventually, Charles proved successful, even if he did look a little hot under the collar afterwards.
The morning began with a tour first of the Lorraine set and then a chance to press the flesh with some of the Good Morning Britain stars including hosts Piers Morgan, Susannah Reid and co-presenters Charlotte Hawkins and Kate Garraway.
Next it was on to the This Morning studios, with Holly and Phil dressed to impress; Phil donned a particularly sharp-looking suit and tie, a move away from his usually more relaxed attire.
Elsewhere, there was even some time for nibbles as the show’s resident chefs Phil Vickery and Gino D’Acampo impressing Charles and Camilla with their cooking wizardry. Honeyed parsnips featured in the chefs dishes used honey produced by bees housed on the roof of Studio 8.
This Morning chef Phil Vickery talks Prince Charles and Camilla through a range of recipes as the couple try cheeses – and honey produced by the show’s own bees
Tuck in! Holly and a smartly dressed Phillip help the Duchess of Cornwall sample some of the fruits of the This Morning kitchen including British wines from the Bolney Wine Estate in West Sussex
Buongiorno! Camilla spent time chatting to the show’s other resident Italian chef Gino D’Acampo
Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford hold forth with the Prince of Wales as the royal couple meet the show’s Friday presenters
The royals congratulated the presenters and staff who work on the show for keeping it at the top of daytime ratings for almost three decades…and Camilla offered a well done to Ruth for her recent appearance on Strictly Come Dancing
Alongside Digby, Charles also appeared to enjoy chatting to jovial This Morning presenter Alison Hammond, whose trademark laugh seemed to leave the Prince in stitches as they shared joke.
After the Prince and Camilla had perched on the famous sofa, shortly after the presenting duo had come off air for the day, Phillip revealed some of the things the group had chatted about.
The royals and the presenting duo discussed working so close to the Thames and Holly gifted them a jar of This Morning’s very own honey.
Phillip said: ‘As a patron to charities headed by both The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, I’m really thrilled to welcome them to the This Morning studio. It’s a fantastic way for us to celebrate our 30th anniversary.
While Charles, looking dapper in a smart blue suit, braved the rain, Camilla chose to protect her hair with a substantial umbrella which kept the deluge away
Camilla’s well coiffured hair caught the breeze on the banks of the Thames as she left the studio early this afternoon
The Prince, who turns 70 in November this year, offered to give the This Morning crew a jar of honey from his own royal estates after he was gifted one by Holly
Jovial This Morning rogue presenter Alison Hammond manages to raise a laugh from the Prince
The pair dissolve into fits of giggles as Charles and Camilla meet the This Morning team
Holly added: ‘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.’
Later the social media-loving star posted about her meeting with the royals, saying on Instagram: ‘Well that was quite a morning! By royal appointment…thank you to his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall for popping in…’
Charles and Camilla also found time to meet Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, who are the show’s regular Friday presenters.
A self-proclaimed fan of Strictly Come Dancing, Camilla congratulated Ruth Langsford on her recent appearance on the entertainment show, while Eamonn offered his thanks for a letter penned to him by the Duchess following his OBE.
The show’s editor Martin Frizell revealed that the royals had also signed a visitor’s book during their brief tour.
He said: ‘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.’
Highlights of the royals’ daytime television tour, including their chat with Holly and Phil on the sofa, will air on This Morning tomorrow.