Britons watching CNN’s coverage of the Queen’s funeral were shocked on Monday when Trisha Goddard was brought in for “analysis”.
The legendary 64-year-old chat show host appeared on the US network from his New York studio to help host the five-hour live show alongside host Don Lemon, Zane Usher and Julia Chatterley.
Briton and CNN royal historian Kate Williams also provided analysis alongside CNN royal commentator Sally Bedell Smith, while anchors Anderson Cooper and Erin Burnett provided coverage from London.
An estimated four billion viewers worldwide tuned in for the funeral, which began at 11am local time at Westminster Abbey before the Queen was laid to rest at St George’s Chapel in Windsor alongside her husband Prince Philipher father the King George VI, The Queen Motherand her sister Princess Margaret.
Surprise: Brits watching CNN’s Queen’s funeral were shocked on Monday when Tricia Goddard was brought in for ‘analysis’
During her panel, Trish was asked what would happen to Queen Emma’s horse, to which she replied: “well, all the royal children ride.”
She also predicted pets would become more of a focus of funeral services 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 at St George’s Chapel.
British viewers who watched America’s handling of the coverage were surprised to see Tricia offer her take on the funeral despite having no known qualifications for the role.
RIP: Around four billion viewers around the world watched the funeral, which began at Westminster Abbey before the Queen was laid to rest in Windsor.
Shocked viewers wrote: “They had Tricia Goddard pretending to be at Buckingham Palace every weekend. She’s like a cheap man’s Jerry Springer. Terrible comments and the only time they shut up was during the service which was amazing. Just continuous drive.’;
“Tried to watch your reports to get a US perspective on what’s going on and some parts were good but Tricia Goddard on CNN seriously! She wouldn’t get on BBC News here in the UK because they don’t take her seriously and your correspondents/presenters talk to each other
“Trisha Goddard on CNN’s coverage of this is a joke btw #queensfuneral”; “I put on CNN news to see the American coverage and Tricia Goddard is talking!!. I don’t dare try Al Jazeera when Jeremy Kyle is commentating.
“CNN was silent during the service and at other ‘serious’ moments. No idea why Tricia Goddard was included!’; ‘Today restored the country’s pride’ Tricia Goddard’s powerful words #queensfuneral #QueenElizabethII #daytorememember’ [sic].
Insight: During her panel work, Trish was asked what would happen to Queen Emma’s horse, to which she replied, “well, all the royal children ride.”
why? British viewers who watched America’s take on the reports were surprised to see Trisha offered the role despite having no known qualifications for the part
After going off air, Tricia took to Instagram to share a behind-the-scenes clip from the studio as she wrote: “What a great team @cnn: @zainashercnn @jchatterleycnn #sallybidell-smith and er… the main guy @donlemoncnn!
“No favors or favors… When we managed to take a short break in the 5 hour live broadcast of Her Majesty’s funeral, Don was nice enough to jump up from the table to bring me a fruit salad.
“There was light and shadow; emotions and smiles (let’s hear it for the lady and the corgi!), but at the heart of it, monarchical or not, is an acknowledgment of the historic character of the day.’
She was immediately inundated with messages of support from her followers, who wrote: “Congratulations because that was great coverage ❤️”; “I’m so jealous. @andersoncooper and @donlemonicnn Unfair!!’; “I love you”; “Amazing work Trish! ❤️’; “Well done, it’s been a long day for everyone ❤️”; “Great job.”
Support: Trisha took to Instagram to share a behind-the-scenes clip from the studio after going off air as she was showered with praise from fans
Trisha is not believed to have dated members of the royal family, but she did came out in support of Meghan Markle.
Speaking after Meghan and Prince Harry’s scandalous Oprah interview last year, Trisha, who moved to the US in 2010, said Meghan was an “American princess” but was considered “not good enough” for the royal family.
Speaking on the ITV documentary Harry and Meghan: The week that rocked the royal family, she added that “the whole royal family, the empire, going back centuries, it’s all based on slavery, racism and subjugation people”.
She continued: “This is the establishment, we’re talking about systemic and institutionalized racism, not whether one person said something inappropriate, that’s a much more important issue.”
Footage of the Queen’s funeral was broadcast around the world and Americans united to mark Britain’s saddest day with wall-to-wall coverage.
Dozens of people gathered in Times Square as early as 5am on Monday to watch Her Majesty’s service build up across the pond – despite the five-hour time difference.
Many US outlets carried live coverage of the funeral, in which the royal family came together to pay their last respects to the Queen.
CNN, ABC, Fox News and NBC canceled their regular coverage to follow the procession along the route, with royal commentators covering the build-up to the event.
President Joe Biden with his wife, Jill, attended the service to pay their respects, with many members of the congregation arriving three hours early.
Endorsed: Trisha is said not to have met the royals but is speaking out in support of Meghan Markle
Tricia appeared on CNN to give an insight into the funeral ahead of the procession and took to Instagram last week to share her reaction to Her Majesty’s death.
Alongside a selfie in a black dress, she wrote: ‘On my way to Hudson Yards to be part of their Royal Commentary Team led by the wonderful and consummate professional @andersoncooper
“The moment an American hears my accent, he expresses his condolences on the death of the Queen.
“I am amazed at how genuinely saddened Americans are by her death. Many of them cite the TV drama The Crown as their knowledge base, but hey… At least they are engaged, interested, and follow all things television.
“I have heard the suggestion that with all the ‘instability’ and ‘rift’ going on in the US of late, there is almost envy of the Brits who have a steadfast, dignified and benevolent presence in HM – royalist or not.
“And I think that’s the key… In times of unpredictability and turmoil, people find solace in strong, kind women who endure all the ups and downs of every family without taking sides… #thecrown #thequeen’
Emotional: Tricia appeared on CNN to give an insight into the funeral ahead of the procession and took to Instagram last week to share her reaction to Her Majesty’s death