Monty Don calls for ‘respect’ over Prince Philip death coverage: ‘Not sycophantic drivel’

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Monty Don, 65, has responded after viewers posted on social media about the rescheduling of Gardeners’ World in the wake of Prince Philip’s death. Writing to one viewer, he urged them to “please respect” people grieving over the Royal’s death.

Gardeners’ World did not air in its usual slot on Friday evening after news emerged that the Duke of Edinburgh had passed away earlier that day at the age of 99.

Presenter Monty took to Twitter to let viewers know about this on Friday afternoon.

He wrote to his 221,000 followers on April 9: “It is possible that tonight’s Gardeners World will be postponed due to extended news coverage as a result of the death of Prince Philip (sic).”

Monty then felt compelled to clarify the decision, asking a fan who has since deleted their tweet, to “please respect” those mourning.

He wrote: “No, not sycophantic drivel but real feeling, real loss for a major figure who has been part of people’s lives. Please respect that.”

While the fan had deleted their tweet, Monty’s message came after many spoke about their disappointment over the news.

At the time one penned: “I was wondering about that and hope it is not.

“It’s such a helpful and comforting programme at the moment- I think it wouldn’t be inappropriate to show it x.”

Another commented: “That’s a shame. The comforting viewing of Gardeners World may be just what people need today.”

A third wrote: “Ok, it’s big news, but is that not why we have a dedicated news channel?

“Not everybody wants wall to wall coverage on every station.”

However, following Monty’s response, many other followers then reacted to his tweet in support.


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One wrote: “Respect is the word. Respect for the life completed. Respect for the feelings of loss & grief.”

Another added: “Thank you, @TheMontyDon. Well said, Sir.”

“Thank you Monty for your kind words showing compassion and empathy,” penned a third.

Although Gardeners’ World was cancelled on Friday night, it then aired on Saturday evening instead.

Monty often responds to his followers on Twitter when they air their thoughts on the show.

Last week, he tweeted after several viewers had posted about him using kitchen utensils in his show.

He wrote on April 3: “Surprised at the number of comments referring to ‘my wife’ being exasperated that I used ‘her’ kitchen bowls in the mulch item.

“This seems fantastically old-fashioned.

“We share everything as equals- including kitchen utensils!”

Gardeners’ World airs on Fridays at 9pm on BBC Two.

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