Former Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan slammed fellow TV host Gayle King for acting like Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's "PR mouthpiece" after she revealed a conversation she had with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex following their split from the royal family.
"Hi @GayleKing — rather than acting as your Sussex friends’ PR mouthpiece to facilitate their ongoing public trashing of our Royal Family, how about doing your job as a journalist and ask them about all the lies they told in @Oprah’s interview?" Morgan tweeted on Wednesday, March 17.
Hi @GayleKing - rather than acting as your Sussex friends’ PR mouthpiece to facilitate their ongoing public trashing of our Royal Family, how about doing your job as a journalist and ask them about all the lies they told in @Oprah’s interview?— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 17, 2021
America should hear THE truth.
“America should hear THE truth,” the 55-year-old added.
King previously dished about a call she had with Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, over the weekend on the Tuesday, March 16, episode of her CBS This Morning show. The host revealed that Harry's initial chats with dad, Prince Charles, and older brother, Prince William, were "not productive" — adding that "no one in the royal family has talked to Meghan yet."
While continuing to speak on behalf of the duo, King revealed more on Wednesday, saying Harry and Meghan would have postponed their bombshell tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey on Sunday, March 7, if Harry's grandfather, Prince Philip, 99, died.
As OK! previously reported, royal commentators begged the parents of Archie — who are expecting their second child later this year — to hold off on their shocking CBS tell-all until Philip's health improved (he has since been released from the hospital following a successful heart procedure). Harry had even been advised to "fly home right now to say goodbye to his grandfather," a source previously told The Royal Observer days before the couple's interview.
The drama involving Morgan began after he doubted claims made by the Duchess during her sit-down chat with the talk show titan earlier this month. As OK! reported, Meghan told Oprah she had "very clear and very scary" suicidal thoughts when she was a working royal member.
She claimed she "went to the institution, and I said I needed to go somewhere to get help." However, the Suits alum was allegedly told she couldn't seek assistance because "it wouldn’t be good for the institution."
After hearing of Meghan's accusations against the Palace, Morgan questioned her statements on the Monday, March 8, edition of Good Morning Britain.
"Who did you go to? 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," Morgan stressed. "The fact that she's fired up this onslaught against our Royal Family I think is contemptible."
One day later, Morgan's cohost, Alex Beresford, confronted him on his constant negative commentary about Meghan, which resulted in Morgan storming off the stage live on air. Later that day, ITV shared a statement, saying "Piers Morgan has decided now is the time to leave Good Morning Britain," adding that “ITV has accepted this decision and has nothing further to add.”
Meghan has since launched a complaint against Morgan out of concern for how his comments could affect viewers who were also struggling with mental health issues, OK! reported.
Meanwhile, Morgan has stuck by his statements, reiterating that he doesn't "believe Meghan Markle in her Oprah interview," via Twitter. In his defense, Morgan said it wasn't "'racist' to disbelieve someone who’s telling lies.”
“You don’t have to agree with a word I say to support my right to have my own opinions," he added.
Two key points from the past week that need reinforcing:— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 17, 2021
1) It’s not ‘racist’ to disbelieve someone who’s telling lies.
2) You don’t have to agree with a word I say to support my right to have my own opinions.