Piers Morgan fired back on Wednesday at his critics after his comments on “Good Morning Britain” about Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey. The said interview inspired outrage and led to Morgan leaving the show, saying that “freedom of speech is a hill I’m happy to die on.”
“On Monday, I said I didn’t believe Meghan Markle in her Oprah interview,” Morgan wrote. “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.”
Morgan proceeded to quote the iconic British prime minister Winston Churchill’s statement: “Some people’s idea of free speech is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone says anything back, that is an outrage.”
While outside his home Wednesday morning, Morgan said: “I don’t believe almost anything that comes out of her mouth, and I think the damage she’s done to the British monarchy and to the Queen at a time when Prince Philip is lying in hospital is enormous and frankly contemptible. If I have to fall on my sword for expressing an honestly held opinion about Meghan Markle and that diatribe of bilge that she came out with in that interview, so be it. … I think it’s fair to say, although the woke crowd will think that they’ve canceled me, I think they will be rather disappointed when I reemerge.”
Harry and Markle sat down with Oprah Winfrey to discuss the damaging claims against the royal family and the institution of the monarchy. The couple suggested that Markle was a victim of racism at Buckingham Palace from British tabloids. They went on to claim that a member of the royal family expressed concern over the color of their son Archie’s skin while Markle was pregnant.
Markle also said that the palace barred her from seeking help when she was having suicidal thoughts while pregnant. Morgan said he did not believe a word Markle said during the interview—an interview that has not been bolstered by any kind of evidence.
Morgan stated: “I could see the way it is already playing in America and around the world. This is a caricature, a portrait of our monarchy and Royal Family which I think is contemptible. … Okay. Let’s have the names. Who did she go to? What did they say to you? I’m sorry; I don’t believe a word she says, Meghan Markle. I wouldn’t believe it if she read me the weather report.”
On Wednesday, Markle had filed a complaint with ITV, which produces “Good Morning Britain,” after comments made by Morgan on Monday but before he left the show on Tuesday.
“Meghan Markle filed a formal complaint with British broadcaster ITV, after a presenter criticised her claims against the royal family and later quit. … Britain’s domestic Press Association news agency said it understood Meghan formally complained to ITV before he resigned, confirming a report in the Daily Telegraph newspaper. The complaint focused on how his remarks may affect those trying to deal with their own mental health problems, it added,” Barrons reported.
Morgan seemed to take the whole thing in stride, tweeting after his dismissal: “BREAKING NEWS: Good Morning Britain beat BBC Breakfast in the ratings yesterday for the first time. My work is done.”
It appears that even the largest names in news media are not exempt from being canceled over expressing an opinion. There is no word on whether Morgan will be asked to join another outlet or if he will stay out the media storm.