Phillip Schofield intervenes as ITV row erupts over Matthew Wright’s anti-monarchy rant | TV & Radio | Showbiz & TV
Matthew and Vanessa’s row erupted as they discussed the latest news headlines with Phillip and Holly on This Morning. Up for discussion were the reports emerging that King Charles III is looking to slim down the monarchy and limit the lavishness of his coronation. However, when Matthew argued it was now time to have a “discussion” about the monarchy’s place in 2022 and if it’s needed or profitable, Vanessa jumped to the royals’ defence.
“Out of respect, I’ve kept my mouth shut for more than a week,” Matthew ranted, referring to the period of mourning the nation has been in following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
He continued: “I’m still doing my best to keep my real feelings subdued.
“I think we should be worrying about people starving before we worry about putting magnificent jewels on people’s magnificent heads.
“That’s just how I am and it’s never gonna change,” he added but Vanessa interjected: “For all we know, the new king might be talking about some sort of self-funding, he might be talking about the Duchy of Cornwall…”
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Spotting the chance for another dig, Matthew interrupted: “Paying inheritance tax, getting his kids to pay inheritance tax…”
“That’s a different matter!” Vanessa clapped back. “Most people’s private inheritance tax doesn’t get discussed by other people…”
But their disagreement continued as Matthew hit back: “Well, they’re the only family that is exempt from inheritance tax…
“Which is rather peculiar given they’re one of the wealthiest families in the country!”
“The way you speak, in headlines, shows why you were such a successful tabloid journalist!” the TalkTV star quipped.
This prompted Matthew to point out: “But you’re the one that’s doing tabloid telly, Vanessa!”
Before their personal slanging war could boil over too much, Phillip and Holly decided they’d intervene.
“Let me jump in between the two of you just momentarily,” Phillip chimed in. “Crack on again in a second.”