Brits watching coverage of the Queen’s funeral on CNN were left shocked on Monday as Trisha Goddard was roped in to provide ‘analysis.’
The legendary chat show host, 64, appeared on the American network from their New York studio to help with five hours of live coverage alongside host Don Lemon, Zain Asher and Julia Chatterley.
Fellow Brit and CNN’s royal historian Kate Williams also provided analysis alongside CNN royal commentator Sally Bedell Smith, while anchors Anderson Cooper and Erin Burnett led the coverage from London.
An estimated four billion viewers around the world were said to have tuned in for the funeral, with the ceremony starting at 11AM local time in Westminster Abbey before the Queen was laid to rest in St George’s Chapel, Windsor, alongside her husband Prince Philip, her father King George VI, the Queen Mother, and her sister Princess Margaret.
During her time on the panel, Trisha was asked what would happen to the Queen’s horse Emma, to which she responded, ‘well all the royal children ride.’
She also predicted that pets will become more of a focal point in funeral services going forward after the Queen’s corgis Muick and Sandy were seen waiting in the quadrangle with two aides before the late monarch was laid to rest in St George’s Chapel.
British viewers who tuned in to see how America was handling the coverage were surprised to see Trisha offering her take on the funeral, despite having no known qualifications for the role.
Shocked viewers penned: ‘They had Trisha Goddard making out she was at Buckingham Palace every weekend. She’s like the cheap man’s Jerry Springer. Awful commentary and the only time they shut up was during the service which was amazing. Just constant drivel.’;
‘Tried watching your coverage to get a US perspective on what is happening and some parts were good but Trisha Goddard on CNN seriously! She wouldn’t get on the BBC News here in the UK as they don’t take her seriously and your correspondents/anchors talking over each other
‘Trisha Goddard being part of the cnn coverage of this is a joke btw #queensfuneral’; ‘I’ve put CNN news on to see the American coverage and Trisha Goddard is talking !!. I won’t dare try Al Jazeera in case Jeremy Kyle is commentating’
‘CNN were@silent during the service and at other “serious “ moments. No idea why Trisha Goddard was on though!’; ‘Today has restored the pride in the country“ strong words of Trisha Goddard #queensfuneral #QueenElizabethII #daytoremember’ [sic].
After coming off the air, Trisha took to Instagram to share a behind the scenes clip from the studio as she penned: ‘What a great @cnn team: @zainashercnn @jchatterleycnn #sallybidell-smith and er… the main guy @donlemoncnn !
‘No airs and graces… When we managed to get a short break in the 5 hours live coverage of Her Majesty’s Funeral, Don was sweet enough to jump up from the desk to get me a fruit salad.
‘There was light and shade; emotion and smiles ( let’s hear it for fell ponies and corgis!) but at the centre of it, monarchist or not – recognizing the historical nature of the day.’
She was immediately flooded with messages of support from her followers, who penned: ‘Congrats because it was amazing coverage ❤️’; ‘Am so jealous. @andersoncooper and @donlemoncnn Not fair !!’; ‘Love you’; ‘Amazing work Trisha! ❤️’; ‘Well done it was a long day for everyone ❤️’; ‘Great work’.
Trisha is not believed to have met any members of the Royal Family but has been vocal in her support of Meghan Markle.
Speaking after Meghan and Prince Harry’s bombshell Oprah interview last year, Trisha – who moved to the United States in 2010 – said Meghan was ‘America’s princess’ but was deemed ‘not good enough’ for the Royal Family.
Speaking on ITV documentary Harry and Meghan: The Week That Shook The Royals, she added that ‘the whole Royal Family, the Empire, going back centuries, it’s all based on slavery and racism and subjugation of people’.
She continued: ‘It’s the establishment, we’re talking about systemic and institutionalised racism, not whether one person said something inappropriate, it’s a much bigger subject than that.’
Footage from the Queen’s funeral was broadcast around the world, and Americans joined together to mark Britain’s saddest day with wall-to-wall coverage.
Dozens of people packed into Times Square as early as 5am Monday to watch the build-up to Her Majesty’s service across the pond – despite the five-hour time difference.
Many US publications had a live stream of the funeral showing the Royals come together to make their respects to the Queen for a final time.
CNN, ABC, Fox News, and NBC all canceled their usual coverage to follow the procession the entire way through, with royal commentators covering the build-up to the occasion.
President Joe Biden with his wife Jill attended the service to pay their respects, with many members of the congregations arriving up to three hours early.
Trisha had been appearing on CNN to provide insight into the funeral in the build up to the procession and last week took to Instagram to share her reaction to Her Majesty’s death.
Alongside a selfie in a black dress, she penned: ‘On my way to Hudson Yards to be part of their Royal Commentary Team headed by the wonderful and consummate professional that is @andersoncooper
‘The minute an American hears my accent, they offer their condolences on the death of HM The Queen.
‘I’m amazed at how Americans seem genuinely sad at her passing. So many of them quote TV drama The Crown as their knowledge base, but hey…. At least they are engaged and interested and following all the TV coverage.
‘I’ve heard the sentiment that with all the “instability” and “fracturing” that has been going on in the US if late, there’s been almost an envy of Brits having a steadfast, dignified and kindly presence in HM – whether one is a Royalist or not.
‘And I think that is the key… In times of unpredictability and turmoil, people find comfort in strong, kind women weathering all the ups and downs every family has without taking sides… #thecrown #thequeen’