MEGHAN Markle may have submitted a formal complaint to ITV before Piers Morgan sensationally quit after refusing to apologise.
The 55-year-old stepped down from Good Morning Britain last night after senior execs wanted him to say sorry on air following his heated clash with the show’s weatherman Alex Beresford over the Duchess.
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And this morning he doubled down on his decision – tweeting: “Freedom of speech is a hill I’m happy to die on.”
Now it’s emerged that he might have been confronted by chiefs after the broadcaster was contacted by Meghan.
Piers, 55, has made a series of dismissive comments about Meghan’s claims she was “suicidal” and suffered issues with her mental health while a royal.
The 39-year-old Duchess told Oprah Winfrey she felt like she “didn’t want to be alive anymore” in her bombshell interview on Sunday.
But on Monday’s Good Morning Britain, Morgan said he “didn’t believe a word” of it.
It comes as:
- The TV firebrand yesterday stormed off the show after snapping at Alex “I’m not having this”
- Ofcom received a whopping 41,000 complaints over his handling of Meghan and Harry’s interview with Oprah
- Celebrity pals including Gary Linekar and Sharon Osborne have stood by him
- Susanna Reid paid an emotional tribute to her ‘outspoken and disruptive’ co-star this morning
- Ranvir Singh said the complaints about Piers “had to be taken seriously”
It’s today been reported that the Duchess of Sussex submitted a formal complaint about Piers after his comments aired.
His bosses have refused to deny suggestions the pregnant royal contacted them to blast the presenter.
A spokesperson told the Telegraph: “ITV has accepted this decision and has nothing further to add.”
Piers brought an immediate end to his six-year stint on the show last night when he decided to walk rather than apologise to Meghan.
ITV bought the rights to the Oprah interview for a rumoured £1million and its news anchor Tom Bradby also secured an interview with the couple during their Africa tour in October 2019.
MEGHAN ‘MADE PIERS COMPLAINT’
Piers defended his comments again today by sharing a Winston Churchill quote alongside the tweet: “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.”
The Churchill quote reads: “Some people’s idea of free speech is that they are free to say what they are like, but if anyone says anything back, that is an outrage.”
Last night, Piers confirmed he had no regrets about his decision, tweeting: “Thinking of my late, great manager John Ferriter tonight.
“He’d have told me to do exactly the same thing. @GMB #TrustYourGut”.
ITV’s chief executive confirmed the row between Piers and Alex wasn’t “manufactured” – and said the broadcaster’s managing director of media and entertainment had spoken to Piers about his coverage of the interview.
Insisting GMB was a “balanced show”, she added: “ITV has many voices and we try and represent many voices every day. It’s not about one opinion.”
Susanna Reid, 50, paid tribute to her “outspoken, opinionated, and disruptive” former co-star on the show this morning.
Susanna looked emotional when she first arrived in the studio, and admitted that though she often disagreed with Piers, he will be missed.
She told fans: “A number of viewers will of course know the news and many of you will not, and be surprised that Piers isn’t here this morning.
“Piers was an outspoken, opinionated, and disruptive broadcaster. You will know I disagreed with him about Meghan’s interview.
“He himself clarified his comments on the show yesterday about her mental health.
“There are many voices on Good Morning Britain and everyone has their say, he had his and Piers has now decided to leave the programme.”
She was seen in tears yesterday after a series of heated meetings at ITV’s studios in Television Centre, West London.
An ITV source said: “Piers was not going to back down.
“He was asked to make an apology but refused. He says he is entitled to his opinion and is always going to stand by it.
“When he refused to apologise, there was a stand-off. And ultimately it ended with him telling producers he would not host the show anymore.
“His contract was coming to an end this year anyway, but he said he wouldn’t do the job unless it was on his terms.
“The growing pressure from building Ofcom complaints and a swell of anger on social media gave bosses no choice but to try and get him to apologise.
“Unfortunately there were also a lot of concerns raised with the GMB production team too.
“Charity Mind also expressed their concerns to senior execs at ITV saying it clashes with their campaign.”