Piers Morgan, 56, is one of the best-known faces on British television and one of the voices that creates opinion. For years he has been the scourge of many celebrities, including Meghan Markle, against whom he started strong opposition after his arrival in 2018 to the British royal family. The interview that the Duchess of Sussex offered last Sunday has so enraged the journalist that he has fired his comments against her, so much so that some of his usual followers have raised protests to the ITV network. More than 41,000 people have complained about his comments about Markle. Visibly furious at what happened, Morgan left the set of the ITV morning network Good Morning Britain that he had been presenting since 2015 after starting his career in tabloid newspapers such as The Sun, News of The World and The Daily Mirror. That his decision is something more than an outburst became clear in the following hours when he tweeted that he does not believe any of the claims made by Meghan Markle to Oprah Winfrey and dared to call the wife of Henry of England "Princess Pinocchio." “On Monday I said I didn't believe Meghan Markle in her Oprah interview. I have had time to reflect on this opinion and have not yet done so. If you did, that's fine. Freedom of speech is a hill on which I am happy to die. Thanks for all the love and hate. I'm going to spend more time on my opinions, "he told his 7.8 million followers on Twitter. He also shared a quote from Britain's Prime Minister Winston Churchill saying: "The idea of free speech for some people is that they are free to say what they want, but if someone else responds, it is outrageous." Morgan's opposition to Markle goes a long way. In a column in the MailOnline , the journalist censored his "self-promotional" eagerness after considering himself "bombarded" by the video that the Sussexes posted on his Instagram account on the day of their first wedding anniversary. Morgan has also criticized Markle for the name of his son, Archie Harrison (the second seems "silly"); he has exhorted her to forgive her "poor" father, Thomas Markle ; does not approve of how they have protected their privacy during Meghan's pregnancy ("part of the deal being a prince is that you share your family affairs with the public in exchange for the endless palaces, servants and luxuries that go with the title"); and Enrique's activist work on issues like climate change or mental health is not believed. "Take off the false halo, Enrique, it doesn't look good on you," he said scathingly. "He just wants to be more and more important," said the presenter about the duchess. “Now she is where she has always wanted: she is married and she and her prince are best friends with the Clooneys and Michelle Obama . And meanwhile, his poor and ruined father is alone and sick in Mexico. " The presenter has also compared her with her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton , assuring that she is "more homely" and "friendly."
But the journalist was not always like that with the Duchess. In November 2016, he wrote this in the column he uses today to attack her: “I am not surprised that he has fallen in love with her, or that he is so fiercely protecting their relationship. Enrique, ignore all the poisonous garbage you read or hear about her. Meghan Markle is the perfect princess. ”
The origin of their current anger is to be found in the brief friendship they maintained years ago. Morgan and Markle, according to him, met in 2015 through Twitter and for more than a year they exchanged emails and messages. On a visit by the actress to London they met for a drink in a pub, and chatted about all kinds of topics; from Donald Trump to her childhood. But Markle met Enrique on that same trip, and the rest is history. For the journalist, the current duchess changed from a “perfect princess” to a “ruthless careerist” when she never called him again: “She has spent most of the last 20 years befriending people and, when they are no longer useful to her, he erases them from his life with a 'goodbye, loser'. I know because I was one of them. ”
But campaigns against famous people don't end with Markle. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also did not get rid of their whip due to the images they shared with their children from one day at the flower show in Chelsea Gardens . “The message from the photos was clear: 'We are great parents, but we are also a great couple!” She wryly wrote of William of England and Kate Middleton.
Morgan has also undertaken it in the past with the nudity of women who declare themselves feminists, something that usually makes him jump like a spring: he has offered to buy clothes for Emily Ratajkowski and Kim Kardashian, while Susan Sarandon and Emma Watson have them It has made them look ugly. Lady Gaga was refuted that being raped would have caused PTSD and Daniel Craig called him “Emasculated Bond” for carrying his baby in a scarf (Chris Evans even replied: “You really have to be very insecure of your own masculinity to worry about how another man carries his son ”). He has also launched tirades against Madonna , JK Rowling , the Beckhams … Some are silent for an answer, but others enter the rag, and in that category is the so-called "queen of zasca", Chrissy Teigen .
What is for see is how the millionaire audience of Good Morning Britain is affected by Morgan's departure and if it is final. King of the show, everything could be due to a careful staging since it is difficult to think that Markle's scourge wants to be absent at a time when his figure is the subject of global debate.