Piers Morgan Stands By His Meghan Markle’s Remark In Tweet
Piers Morgan has broken his hours-long silence after sensationally quitting Good Morning Britain on Tuesday, and he has once again proven he is not backing down.
In a Tweet on Wednesday morning, Morgan said:
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. If you did, OK. Freedom of speech is a hill I’m happy to die on. Thanks for all the love, and hate. I’m off to spend more time with my opinions.
He tweeted an image of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, alongside the quote:
Some people’s idea of free speech is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone says anything back, that is an outrage.
It is not clear from his post whether he stands by the totality of his comments about Meghan Markle. Morgan said Monday he did not believe the Duchess of Sussex when she told Oprah Winfrey that she felt suicidal during her time at Kensington Palace.
On Tuesday, he clarified his view, explaining: “It’s not for me to question if she felt suicidal, I am not in her mind and that is for her to say.”
The Sun reported that ITV bosses wanted Morgan to say sorry on-air, but he refused and quit Good Morning Britain. His co-host of more than five years, Susanna Reid, opened the show on Wednesday and addressed Morgan’s departure right at the top, saying:
It is certainly going to be very different, but shows go on and so on we go.
Pressure had mounted on Morgan since he made the comments on Monday’s edition of the show, which followed the airing of Meghan and Prince Harry’s tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey in the US on Sunday night.
A formal complaint was lodged with ITV on behalf of the duchess after the broadcast according to The Guardian.
By early evening on Tuesday, Ofcom had received more than 41,000 complaints about Morgan’s behaviour, prompting the broadcasting regulator to launch an investigation into whether his comments broke the UK broadcasting code relating to harm and offense.
Just a couple of hours later, ITV released a statement saying: “Following discussions with ITV, Piers Morgan has decided now is the time to leave Good Morning Britain. ITV has accepted this decision and has nothing further to add.”