'This Morning' criticised for 'disrespectful' Royal mourners interview

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Watch: Alice Beer interviews mourners on This Morning

This Morning has been criticised for some of its recent coverage of the Queen's death.

A recent segment of the show saw presenter Alice Beer interviewing mourners queuing along Embankment to see the Queen lying in state before her burial.

Beer asked the mourners questions before proposing to bring them "a little joy" in the form of biscuits.

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She then joked to the camera, saying: "I'm about to become the most popular person in the queue I suspect."

Alice Beer is a consumer reporter on 'This Morning'. (PA)
Alice Beer is a consumer reporter on 'This Morning'. (PA)

Beer proceeded to shout "Doughnuts anybody?" as several mourners helped themselves to a sweet treat.

The presenter added: "We can pay our respects and eat doughnuts at the same time."

At one point during the broadcast, Beer spoke to a child and compared the event to a music festival, saying: "Are you tired? Mind you, it’s a bit like Reading Festival, you’ll be doing that next, it’s just a dress rehearsal isn’t it?"

Grace (L) of London, and Anne (R) from Wales are first in line at the front of the queue to see the Queen's coffin lying in state following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on 13th September 2022 in London, United Kingdom. The queue has started to form and is only a handful of people in length, and which is currently far outweighed by the number of media, is estimated to build to a 30 hour, 3 mile line of mourners. Hundreds of thousands are expected. (photo by Mike Kemp/In Pictures via Getty Images)
Grace (L) of London, and Anne (R) from Wales are first in line at the front of the queue to see the Queen's coffin lying in state. (Mike Kemp/In Pictures via Getty Images)

Beer was criticised for her approach on social media with one viewer writing on Twitter: "Can't believe reporters are at the Buckingham Palace queues laughing, smiling and shouting about donuts as if it were a carnival. Show some respect!!!"

Another audience member said: "Alice Beer have a bit of respect! Guffawing and whooping talking to the people queuing to pay respects to the late queen."

One viewer retorted: "Does Alice realise it’s the actual queen these people are queuing for and not queen the band?"

Beer is best known for presenting Watchdog between 1993 and 1999 and has been This Morning's consumer expert since 2014.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: The coffin carrying Queen Elizabeth II makes its way along Horse Guards Road North side during the procession for the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II on September 14, 2022 in London, England. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where she will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
The coffin carrying Queen Elizabeth II makes its way along Horse Guards Road North. Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

She has also presented programmes such as Healthcheck, Face Value and Real Rakeovers. As well as being a TV presenter, Beer is also a qualified teacher.

This Morning airs on weekdays at 10am.

Watch below: Queen leaves Buckingham Palace for final time as coffin moved to Westminster Abbey.