The Washington Examiner reported earlier this week that U.K. television personality Piers Morgan had left his job at ITV’s Good Morning Britain amid criticism over his recent remarks about Meghan Markle, an American actress who married into the British royal family in May 2018 before she and her husband, Prince Harry, made a controversial departure in early 2020.
But while Morgan’s comments about Markle have made him a target of many on the left, the host made clear Wednesday that he has no plans to back down from his stance.
“Freedom of speech”
Markle earned Morgan’s ire this week after an interview aired in which she and her husband told Oprah Winfrey about the reasons for their exit from the British royal family, which they blamed largely on negative press and a lack of support.
Among other things, the couple claimed that Markle faced racism at the hands of U.K. tabloids and even from within the palace, and they indicated the situation got so bad that it drove Markle to thoughts of suicide, according to NBC News.
But as the Washington Examiner reported, Morgan, for his part, wasn’t buying any of it. “I don’t believe a word she says,” he said on Good Morning Britain Monday before doubling down later in the week.
“On Monday, I said I didn’t believe Meghan Markle in her Oprah interview. I’ve had time to reflect on this opinion, and I still don’t,” Morgan said in a tweet on Wednesday.
“If you did, OK. Freedom of speech is a hill I’m happy to die on,” the TV host insisted. “Thanks for all the love, and hate. I’m off to spend more time with my opinions.”
“Take a step back”
Speaking later to reporters, Morgan reiterated that “if people want to believe Meghan Markle, that’s entirely their right. I don’t believe almost anything that comes out of her mouth,” he said in a clip shared by Sky News. “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,” Morgan added.
Morgan previously took flak Tuesday after storming off the set of Good Morning Britain following a heated exchange with weatherman and co-host Alex Beresford.
“I think that we need to all take a step back. And I understand that you don’t like Meghan Markle,” Beresford told Morgan, as the Washington Examiner reported separately. “You’ve made it so clear a number of times on this program, a number of times, and I understand that you’ve got a personal relationship with Meghan Markle, or had one, and she cut you off.”
Beresford went on: “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.”
According to the Examiner, the U.K.’s Office of Communications has launched an investigation into Morgan over his reportedly inflammatory remarks.