BBC presenter Clive Myrie has been slated for describing the cost-of-living crisis as “insignificant” amid news the Queen was in ill health.

During an ongoing report on the Queen being under medical supervision at Balmoral, Myrie said the energy bills crisis is “of course insignificant now” given the “gravity of the situation” regarding the news on the monarch’s health as he panned to speak to a reporter at Buckingham Palace.

People on social media have described his remarks as “shocking”.

It has now been announced the Queen has died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.

One person said: “Are we literally supposed to prioritise the ailing matriarch of someone else's family above our impending destitution, our freezing, elderly neighbours & millions of hungry children?”

Several members of the royal family have rushed to the Aberdeenshire estate this afternoon to be with the Queen as doctors are said to be concerned about her.

It comes after the BBC’s royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell was slammed over making “grossly intrusive” comments about the Queen’s health.

Witchell made comments speculating the Queen had cancer and noted the “gradual deterioration” in her health over the past year.

He added: “It comes back to this issue … it is merely this mobility issue or whether there is and has been something else.

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“And I think we can be candid, there have been rumours of cancers – no, of course, confirmation and one wouldn’t expect there to be, because there is an insistence by members of the Royal Family and this is reflected by royal officials, that these matters are private.

“Doesn’t matter who you are, you are still entitled to private patient confidentiality