Mar 9, 2021 - Economy

Piers Morgan quits "Good Morning Britain" after backlash over Meghan Markle comments

Piers Morgan

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“Good Morning Britain” host Piers Morgan has resigned, ITV announced Tuesday, after his comments criticizing Meghan Markle for her tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey drew over 40,000 complaints to the U.K.'s media regulator Ofcom.

The big picture: The outspoken TV presenter has been a fervent critic of Markle and Prince Harry, calling them "spoiled" and accusing them of undermining the British monarchy.

  • The morning after Markle revealed that she had approached the Palace for help after having suicidal thoughts, Morgan said on GMB that he "didn't believe a word" of her claims. Ofcom announced that they would open an investigation into Morgan's comments.
  • Morgan stormed off the set of the show on Tuesday morning after a co-host tore into him for his rhetoric and suggested that he was bitter about a fallout in his friendship with the Duchess of Sussex.

Between the lines: Morgan's resignation comes as the explosive Harry and Meghan interview, which drew an astonishing 11 million viewers in the U.K., has sparked a reckoning within both the royal family and the British tabloid media — two institutions that Prince Harry claimed in the interview are co-dependent and share an "invisible contract."

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