ITV and BBC cancel ALL shows until 6pm after Prince Philip's death at 99 – and MasterChef final WON’T air tonight

ITV and BBC have cancelled all their shows today until 6pm following the death of Prince Philip.

The hotly anticipated MasterChef final , which was due to air tonight on BBC One, will also not be on this evening due to programme rescheduling.

Read our live blog for the very latest news on Prince Philip's death

The BBC have made the decision to suspend all non-news programming and will instead air special programmes regarding the late Prince. 

A BBC spokesperson said: “With the sad news that HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, has died, there is now special coverage across all BBC networks to mark his life of extraordinary public service and planned scheduling has been suspended.”

ITV News will broadcast continuous coverage throughout the afternoon, celebrating Prince Philip’s life, his unique contribution to British history, and looking back at his decades of service to the Queen and the country.

At 5pm a specially commissioned film, Prince Philip: Duke of Edinburgh will air followed by the news and then a live programme called  Prince Philip, Fondly Remembered.

At 9pm ITV will air a documentary special, Prince Philip: A Royal Life, followed by an extended news at 10.

Coronation Street, Emmerdale and EastEnders have all be cancelled today too.

Earlier today This Morning was taken off air abruptly – but viewers were not given an explanation.

During an interview with Coronation Street's Alan Halsall, Eamonn Holmes cut in to say: "Sorry I have to interrupt you for some very, very important news because we now, viewers, have to end This Morning and go straight to the ITV newsroom for more."

ITV newsreader Lucrezia Millarini then came on screen to announce the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.

She said: "Good afternoon we are breaking into programmes to bring you an announcement from the Royal Household.


"In the last few moments we have received the following significant statement."

She then read the Queen's statement about her 99-year-old husband.

The statement from Buckingham Palace said: "It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

"His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

"Further announcements will made in due course.

"The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss."

Lucrezia then told viewers: "Let's take a moment to reflect on that news."

The royal passed away two months and one day short of what would have been his 100th birthday.

The Duke of Edinburgh had been married to the Queen for 73 years.

His death comes just weeks after he was taken to London’s King Edward VII Hospital on February 16 after feeling unwell.

Two weeks later, he was transferred to St Bart’s Hospital for treatment for an infection and heart condition.

Buckingham Palace then announced on Tuesday, March 16 he had been released from hospital and was in "good spirits" and "comfortable".

Philip had dedicated his life to the Queen and tragically died just before his 100th birthday in June this year.

And his death comes after a turmoil-filled 12 months for the royals after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry quit the royal family. 

Prince Philip has been one of the hardest working royals – since 1952 he attended 22,219 solo engagements and 637 overseas tours in a career marked by his famous gaffes, wit and wisdom.

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