Piers Morgan defends comments on Meghan Markle following Good Morning Britain exit

Piers Morgan has buckled down on his offensive comments about Meghan Markle on Instagram

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: Piers Morgan seen returning to his West London home on March 10, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by MWE/GC Images)
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Piers Morgan has released a statement in defense of his recent comments on Meghan Markle, following his dramatic exit from Good Morning Britain yesterday morning. 

The ITV host stepped down from his position after storming off the popular breakfast show during a heated debate on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey. The shocking moment occurred when weather presenter Alex Beresford challenged Piers on his relentless criticism of the Duchess of Sussex. 

Alex reproached his colleague for his continuing to ‘trash’ Meghan, despite the fact she has never addressed the issue. Piers became increasingly irritated at the accusations, walking off the set as the tense exchange escalated. 

Piers spoke out about his resignation this morning in a post to his 1.5m Instagram followers, buckling down on his controversial stance.  

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“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,” he wrote. “If you did, that’s OK. Freedom of speech is a hill I’m happy to die on.” The fiery media personality attached his statement to a picture of a Winston Churchill quote, suggesting he sees parallels between himself and the former Prime Minister. 

"Thanks for all the love, and hate. I’m off to spend more time with my opinions," he added. 

Piers incited outrage on Monday’s episode of Good Morning Britain when he dismissed Meghan’s claims that she felt suicidal during her first pregnancy. "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 fact that she's fired up this onslaught against our Royal Family I think is contemptible,” he said. 

ITV announced that over 41,000 complaints about Piers’ comments were made to the British communications regulator, Ofcom, by Tuesday afternoon. 

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.