PIERS Morgan revealed Prince Philip delivered a stinging put down when the pair met behind the scenes of The Royal Variety Show.
It was 2007, and Piers had been on the panel that watched Paul Potts earn a memorable victory on Britain's Got Talent.
The phone salesman-turned-singer's prize was to perform in front of the Queen at the prestigious annual event – something he did with aplomb.
Writing in his Mail on Sunday column, Piers told how he was standing beside co-stars Simon Cowell and Amanda Holden in the backstage VIP area, when he asked Her Majesty: "Did you enjoy Paul’s performance?"
He revealed that she replied: "Oh yes. [Looking at Paul] You were very good."
But Prince Philip was less enthused, eyeing Piers as he asked: "You’re judges, is that right?"
Piers recalled he replied 'yes, Sir', writing: "‘So,’ he scoffed, peering at the three of us with undisguised scorn before pointing to Paul, ‘you lot sponge off him then?’"
Yesterday former Good Morning Britain host Piers shed a tear for the Queen as she stood alone at her husband Prince Philip's funeral.
The monarch dressed in black and sat with her head bowed during the moving service inside St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.
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The royals were spaced apart inside the historic building for social distancing purposes.
The sight moved Piers to tears who shared an image of the Queen along with a crying emoji.
The sentiment was shared by his followers who called the image "devastating".
Only 30 mourners, comprised of the Philip's closest family and friends, attended the gathering due to strict Covid rules.
The Band of the Grenadier Guards led the procession toe the chapel, followed by the Major General commanding the Household Division, service chiefs, the Duke of Edinburgh's coffin borne on a custom-built Land Rover hearse, members of the royal family on foot, Philip's household staff, and finally the Bentley carrying the Queen.
The proceedings started at 11am today when the Duke's coffin was moved from the private chapel to the Inner Hall of Windsor Castle.
Philip's casket was covered with his personal standard along with his sword, naval cap and a wreath of flowers.
The coffin was moved by the Queen's Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, where Philip was a colonel for 42 years.
From there, Philip's coffin was placed in a modified military green Land Rover he spent 16 years adapting to take him on his final journey.
A band played I Vow to Thee my Country as the Land Rover was driven through the Quadrangle to the State Entrance of the castle.
His coffin was given a royal salute and met by members of the Royal Family as it was carried to the hearse.
At 2.44pm, the national anthem rang out as the Queen – joined by a Lady-in-Waiting – was taken in a Bentley to St George's Chapel.
The Queen paused at his coffin to bid her beloved husband of 73 years farewell as he was laid to rest.
At 2.45pm, the Band of the Grenadier Guards, followed by the Major General commanding the Household Division, led the procession.
Different groups followed the Duke of Edinburgh's coffin through the grounds of Windsor Castle.
Philip's children, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Prince Charles formed one group.
Prince William and Harry were separated during the eight-minute procession by their cousin Peter Phillips at the request of the Queen.
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