Piers Morgan Quits After Calling Meghan Markle a Liar

Warning: This text accommodates mentions of suicidal ideation.
Piers Morgan hates Meghan Markle. He has devoted a lot of his profession in recent times to ripping down her character, from writing scathing Day by day Mail columns to criticizing her being pregnant images. On March 9, he stormed off the Good Morning Britain set after being confronted by his colleague over his critique of Markle’s current interview with Oprah Winfrey. Hours later, he give up his on-air job, granting the needs of greater than 41,000 individuals who had made complaints since he claimed Markle was mendacity about her psychological well being to Oprah. 
In a clip of the dwell TV broadcast shared by royal commentator Chris Ship, Morgan’s colleaguem climate presenter Alex Beresford, calls him out for always criticizing Markle.
“I perceive that you simply don’t like Meghan Markle, you’ve made it so clear quite a few occasions on this program, and I perceive you’ve bought a private relationship with Meghan Markle, or had one and he or she reduce you off,” Beresford says within the clip. “Has she mentioned something about you since she reduce you off? I don’t suppose she has however but you proceed to trash her.”
Morgan stands up abruptly and walks off stage, whereas saying: “OK, I’m completed with this. Sorry, no, can’t do that.”
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So @alexberesfordTV defends Meghan on @gmb and criticises @piersmorgan for what he’d mentioned about Meghan’s psychological well being.
Piers walks off the set.
Absolutely Piers is aware of for those who give it, you gotta have the ability to take it?pic.twitter.com/gmoNjMxiQy
— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) March 9, 2021

The on-air show of immaturity got here after Markle and Prince Harry’s interview with Oprah aired on March 7. One of many surprising revelations made within the two-hour dialog was the Duchess of Sussex’s battle with suicidal ideation whereas pregnant with their son Archie and coping with the relentless U.Ok. tabloids and a scarcity of assist from the Royal Household. A day earlier than his tantrum on Good Morning Britain, Morgan dismissed her claims of suicidal ideas and racism within the Royal Household, inflicting a significant backlash towards the TV host.
“I don’t consider a phrase she says, Meghan Markle,” Morgan mentioned. “I wouldn’t consider her if she learn me a climate report.” His co-host, Susanna Reid, responded: “That’s a pathetic response to somebody who has expressed these ideas.”
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‘Lots of people will really feel extraordinarily involved about that.’ @Susannareid100 says Meghan’s revelation that she was on the verge of taking her personal life could be very regarding.@Piersmorgan says he doesn’t consider Meghan. pic.twitter.com/Hzuc2Z1gUQ
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) March 8, 2021

Piers Morgan has had it out for Meghan Markle for years
Morgan has relayed his story about being ditched by his former buddy many occasions prior to now—and just lately, too.
Morgan and Markle began chatting on Twitter in September 2015, after the TV host adopted her on social media. They apparently struck up a friendship and met at a pub for drinks in 2016, reportedly the exact same evening she met Prince Harry for the primary time.
5 years later, Morgan tweeted a screenshot of her first message to him, with commentary.

In happier occasions… when Meghan first slid into my DMs… suppose it’s honest to say she’s most likely not such a ‘huge fan’ of mine now. pic.twitter.com/WH0HzqeV3I
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 15, 2020

“In happier occasions… When Meghan first slid into my DMs… Assume it’s honest to say she’s most likely not such a ‘huge fan’ of mine now,” Morgan wrote, little question referring to the varied occasions he’d slammed her on tv or in writing, from calling Markle a “Kardashian wannabe” to saying their being pregnant images had been “tacky.” In his Day by day Mail column three years in the past, he wrote that he was “ghosted” by her after she and Prince Harry turned extra critical and claimed she was simply climbing the social ladder. Touchdown “the position of her life,” as he put it.
Within the years following the supposed ghosting, Morgan made a reputation—albeit, a crappy one—for himself as being vehemently anti-Markle. His Day by day Mail column rapidly crammed up with scathing commentary of principally every part Meghan and Harry did, criticizing her relationship together with her father, the way in which they handled the media, and her ardour for gender equality. It’s clear that being rejected by Markle, who has as compared mentioned nothing about him publicly, has been robust on Morgan. And but, her identify—and his questionable politics and clickbait tales—are what has given him something to speak about in any respect.
When watching any clip of Morgan chatting about Markle on Good Morning Britain, it’s clear his co-hosts have little or no persistence for him, persistently calling him out for his “pathetic” takes as they relate to the duchess, within the phrases of his aforementioned co-host, Reid.
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Morgan has used white privilege—and anti-Black racism—to gasoline his tirades towards Markle
Good Morning Britain acquired 1000’s of complaints after Morgan whined at size about Markle and Harry’s interview with Oprah. Now, Morgan (a white, cis-gendered man) appears to suppose he’s a sufferer of “racist bullying.” After an on-air debate with This Is Why I Resist creator Dr. Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, who he accused of race-baiting, Morgan took to Twitter. “Can all of the Meghan/Harry followers at the moment abusing me with stuff like ‘shut the f*ck up white man’ please cease attempting to silence my voice with racist bullying. Thanks,” he wrote.

Can all of the Meghan/Harry followers at the moment abusing me with stuff like ‘shut the f*ck up white man’ please cease attempting to silence my voice with racist bullying. Thanks.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 8, 2021

In actuality, he’s the one who used anti-Black racism to assist gasoline his calculated destruction of Markle’s character, not as soon as acknowledging the colonial historical past of the Royal Household, and actively denying Markle’s claims of experiencing racism and psychological well being struggles whereas an lively, working member of mentioned household.
Tayo Bero, a Toronto-based freelance tradition author and radio producer, has been watching Morgan’s disturbing “years-long obsession with Meghan” from the sidelines. She tuned in to the Oprah interview and was “outraged, triggered and upset—however undoubtedly not shocked.”
“He’s taken on this campaign of misogynistic and racist slander towards her due to [Meghan shunning him],” she tells me. “The actual fact {that a} white, upper-class man with an enormous platform can get away with the sort of vitriol he continues to spew at a member of the Royal Household says lots about what Meghan was up towards in that atmosphere.”
As Prince Harry mentioned within the interview, it’s not nearly his spouse’s particular person expertise—it’s about everybody who has been watching her battle, who can relate. As a result of the expertise of anti-Black racism isn’t simply particular person—the trauma reverberates.
“Morgan’s suggestion that Meghan lied about her psychological well being struggles and the racism she confronted hit actually near dwelling for thus many Black girls who’ve been via the identical factor,” she says. “The denial turns into much more reprehensible when you concentrate on the truth that the identical individual accusing her of mendacity … has spent years actively fanning the flames of the abuse that she’s talking of.”
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When pressed, Morgan walked away in discomfort—behaviour he criticized Meghan and Harry endlessly for doing
Whereas the royal couple had been dwelling in Britain, they struggled to keep up a way of privateness. Within the interview, Markle talked about being instructed to “lay low” and to not go away her dwelling of Frogmore Cottage, lest she be written about extra within the tabloid information. Their choice to maneuver to North America and step down from their roles are senior royalty—a.okay.a. stepping out of a scenario that made them really feel uncomfortable—was seen as a betrayal.
In the meantime, Morgan was in a position to do it dwell on air.
“Morgan is a petulant man-child and has proven this many occasions on air, [but] it does bear mentioning that if a Black presenter had storm off in the identical method in protection of Meghan, they might be accused of bias, lack of professionalism and all different labels,” Bero says. “It strikes me as ironic that he felt like he had the fitting to take away himself from a scenario that he deemed disagreeable, the exact same act for which he has criticized Harry and Meghan of for months.”
“We dwell in a world the place Morgan can stroll away from an ‘uncomfortable’ trade, and the Black girl who has been abused for years in entrance of the world has to suck it up and take it.”
Morgan’s behaviour is the right show of who’s allowed to have emotions, and who isn’t; who’s allowed to indicate these emotions, and who isn’t; and who feels privileged and free sufficient to honour their emotions.
Let’s hope that his resignation from his position at Good Morning Britain will make approach for a tradition of holding our colleagues accountable—irrespective of what number of views they garner.


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