KEY POINTS

  • Alison Hammond was criticized after saying on "This Morning" that Prince Charles' sons will reunite at "Prince William's funeral"
  • Some Twitter users called the British host "rude" and called for her to apologize
  • Others came to Hammond's defense, saying it was a simple mistake

Alison Hammond has come under fire after a blunder on the British daytime TV show "This Morning" while reporting about Prince Philip's funeral.

On Wednesday, Hammond, 46, suffered an awkward slip-up while talking about the upcoming ceremonial royal funeral, which takes place at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle on Saturday, with her co-host Dermot O'Leary and guests Georgia Toffolo and Andrew Neil. She shocked viewers when she mistakenly said that Prince William and Prince Harry will be coming face-to-face at "their grandfather Prince William's funeral."

Social media users immediately rushed to Twitter to call out Hammond for her mistake, with some labeling her rude and calling for the host to apologize for the gaffe.

"Maybe you should at least add a correction about Prince William being dead @AlisonHammond @radioleary Rude! #ThisMorning do you even realize the words that come out of your mouths?" one tweeted.

"Am I the only one to notice Alison slip up and say Prince William's funeral on Saturday? If she only reads, then Auto-cue person needs to have made an apology! All human all err, but ...@Thismorning #thismorning @ITV," another added.

"Last time I watched her was when she was screaming at Harry and Megan to get  their attention, How embarrassing was she? Before that I didn't know who she was. Glad I don't watch rubbish morning television," a third user commented.

"She is truly awful on the show, has been promoted way beyond her ability purely for the boxes ticked. Media is now not representative of the majority of U.K. citizens and people are starting to get sick of it," a fourth user added.

However, many also came to Hammond's defense, pointing out that it was just a slip of the tongue. 

"'Leaving viewers stunned'. Really?! Sounds like a harmless, slip of the tongue to me," @rachaelelliott commented.

"Nice woman. Just made a mistake," a second user added.

"She just made a mistake, who of us hasn't!?" a third user wrote.

"Get a grip people she got the name wrong, get over it and move on!" a fourth netizen added.

Hammond was also criticized earlier this week when she made the comment "we were expecting him to die," while discussing Prince Philip's death during "This Morning's" opening segment, Manchester Evening News reported.

Prince William and Prince Harry Prince William and Prince Harry attend the opening of the Greenhouse Sports Centre on April 26, 2018, in London. Photo: Getty Images/Toby Melville