Former Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan isn’t backing down from his accusations that he didn’t “believe a word” of the Duchess of Sussex’s accusations of racism and bullying from the Royal Family.
“I believe in freedom of speech. I believe in the right to be allowed to have an opinion. If people want to believe Meghan Markle, that’s entirely their right,” Morgan commented to a crowd of reporters on Wednesday. “ I don’t believe almost anything that comes out of her mouth and I think the damage she’s done to the British monarchy, and to the Queen, at a time when Prince Philip is lying in hospital, is enormous and frankly contemptible.”
“If I have to fall on my sword for expressing an honestly held opinion about Meghan Markle and that diatribe of bilge that she came out within that interview, so be it,” he concluded.
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Former Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan says 'I believe in freedom of speech' as he defends comments he made about Meghan. He adds 'the damage she has done to the monarchy is enormous'.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) March 10, 2021
Morgan stirred controversy on Monday, when he questioned if Meghan Markle was telling Oprah Winfrey the truth when she revealed that the senior royals discouraged her from seeking help for her mental health when she was having suicidal thoughts.
“Who did you go to?” Morgan remarked. “What did they say to you? I’m sorry, I don’t believe a word she said, Meghan Markle. I wouldn’t believe it if she read me a weather report.”
The comments garnered immense backlash and Morgan was expected to apologize on Tuesday’s show, but doubled down instead. “I don’t believe what Meghan Markle is saying generally in this interview, and I still have serious concerns about the veracity of a lot of what she said.”
Morgan’s colleague Alex Beresford defended Markle, turning the tables on Morgan. “I understand you’ve got a personal relationship with Meghan Markle, or had one, and she cut you off. She’s entitled to cut you off if she wants to. Has she said anything about you since she cut you off? I don’t think she has but yet you continue to trash her.”
To which Morgan replied, “OK, I’m done with this, sorry, no, can’t do this,” before storming off the set. By Tuesday night, UK communication regulator Ofcom received 41,000 complaints, and launched an investigation into if his comments infringed on the harm and offence clause of broadcasting code.