Piers Morgan says he was right not to believe Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey last month because 17 of their claims have since been proven false, exaggerated or unverifiable.
Morgan, DailyMail.com’s editor-at-large, sat down for his own tell-all with Fox News host Tucker Carlson aired Monday, where he vowed to reveal ‘MY truth’ about the controversy surrounding his criticism of Meghan and Harry that led to his departure from Good Morning Britain.
Morgan set off a social media firestorm the day after the Oprah interview on March 7 when he said he ‘didn’t believe a word’ of what Meghan said – particularly about experiencing racism within the Royal Family and feeling suicidal when she was pregnant with son Archie.
Speaking to Carlson on his Fox Nation show on Monday, Morgan doubled down on his original comments.
‘What I was witnessing was the most extraordinarily disingenuous smear, hit job, on the Royal family, on the Queen, on the monarchy, and frankly on Britain, my country,’ he said.
‘I went on air on Monday morning with full bells on and said quite clearly that I didn’t believe what Meghan Markle was saying. Here we are a month later and frankly, I’ve had plenty of time to think about this – I still don’t believe any of what they were saying.
‘Seventeen different claims by the pair of them have now been proven to be either completely untrue, or massively exaggerated, or unprovable. I don’t understand why I should have to believe people who are not telling the truth.’
In the Oprah interview Meghan had claimed that she was denied access to mental health care when she was feeling suicidal because she was told it ‘wouldn’t look good for the institution’. Morgan on Monday demanded that the duchess substantiate that claim by revealing who allegedly denied her care.
‘You’re accusing two people in the palace of being unspeakably cruel simply to protect the brand of the Royal family, if that is true let’s have the names of these people and let’s go to them and ask them is this true,’ he said.
‘”Did you tell a suicidal woman, who told you she was suicidal, not to get help?” – because I find that impossible to believe.’
Piers Morgan has declared that he was right not to believe Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in their tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey last month because 17 of their claims have since been proven false, exaggerated or unverifiable
Morgan sat down for his own tell-all with Fox News host Tucker Carlson aired Monday, where he vowed to reveal ‘MY truth’ about the controversy surrounding his criticism of Meghan and Harry that led to his departure from Good Morning Britain
Morgan set off a social media firestorm the day after the Oprah interview on March 7 when he said he ‘didn’t believe a word’ of what Meghan said about experiencing racism within the Royal Family and feeling suicidal when she was pregnant
Morgan also took aim at the racism allegations and reminded that Harry himself was forced to apologize after using a racial slur against a Pakistani army officer in 2006.
Speaking to Oprah, Meghan alleged that someone in ‘The Firm’ expressed ‘concerns’ about ‘how dark’ Archie’s skin would be before he was born because she is mixed-race and Harry is white.
Morgan asserted that Meghan was ‘accusing the Queen and the Monarchy and the institution as being racist’ – adding: ‘We don’t know the context, we don’t know what was said.’
Morgan said the question about Archie’s skin color could have been ‘innocent’ if it was based on mere curiosity. He acknowledged, however, that if the question were ‘loaded with a sense of derogatory tone or concern, then it becomes racism’.
He further said that Meghan’s suggestion that Archie was barred from becoming a prince because of concerns about his skin color was ‘completely untrue’.
‘It’s not just a sense of her lived experience being untrue, it is factually incorrect. That boy was never going to be a prince until Prince Charles, Harry’s father, becomes king on the death of the Queen,’ Morgan said.
‘And that’s gonna happen whatever the skin color of Archie’s mother, that’s set-in-stone – it’s been the case for 100 years.
‘So for Meghan Markle to try and create a story that says that the decision to not make Archie the title of prince was based on his skin color is a lie.’
Morgan said he couldn’t be sure whether Meghan was ‘deliberately lying’ or ‘completely untrue’ – but said he does not care.
‘It’s not really about Meghan Markle -she’s a delusional duchess who wants to make millions off the royals while trashing family – It’s really about free speech,’ he said.
‘What happened to me is happening all over Britain and America – I can take it, but there are many people who don’t have our platform who are being wiped out, lives destroyed, careers ended over the most ridiculous things.
‘It’s got to stop. And it will only stop when the mass body of people, who don’t feel this way, who don’t find themselves offended by absolutely everything, when they stand up and go: “Enough. I’m not going to let this happen.”‘
Referencing his experience at Good Morning Britain, Morgan continued: ‘Ultimately it’s got to be the bosses of companies. Stand firm when the mob comes and bays for blood says: “You’ve got to get rid of this person he’s a racist, he doesn’t believe Meghan Markle.” That doesn’t make me a racist, what are you talking about? Bosses have to stand firm. If they don’t, this will get worse and worse and worse.’
‘The best way to beat a bully sometimes is to smack him back in the nose. And I’m talking metaphorically but what I mean is, when this woke mob comes again, you need people to go: “Nope, not having this.”‘
Morgan said he couldn’t be sure whether Meghan was ‘deliberately lying’ or ‘completely untrue’ – but said he does not care. ‘It’s not really about Meghan Markle -she’s a delusional duchess who wants to make millions off the royals while trashing family – It’s really about free speech,’ he said
Carlson played numerous clips from Meghan and Harry’s interview over the course of his hourlong chat with Morgan, including one where Oprah asked the duchess: ‘Were you silent or were you silenced?’ Meghan said the latter.
‘I’m sure it hasn’t escaped your notice that moments after she complained about being silenced, she called your boss to silence you,’ Carlson told Morgan with a laugh.
Morgan shook his head in dismay before saying: ‘I mean, you couldn’t make this stuff up, frankly.
‘The week before Harry had been on an open-top bus with his friend James Corden. This is the prince of privacy, who was talking about his private life, his family, on an open-top Hollywood star bus.
‘The lack of self-awareness of these two is frankly breathtaking. But this idea that Meghan Markle was silenced – Meghan Markle guest edited British Vogue in the middle of her silence. Meghan Markle made 73 public appearances – many of which she spoke at – during her extended period of being silenced.
‘Meghan Markle claimed that she had her passport taken away so she couldn’t fly, yet miraculously she took 14 flights, some of them on Elton John’s private jet, while she was simultaneously with Harry lecturing us about our carbon footprint.
‘There are so many ridiculous whoppers in this interview that frankly in the end, saying I would believe her would be like saying I believe Pinocchio. Why would I?’
Confirming the news of his interview with Carlson on his Twitter account on Saturday, Piers wrote: ‘Time for America to hear MY truth….’
In another update shared on Friday evening, Piers poked fun at Meghan, 39, as he referenced the moment when Oprah, 67, asked whether she was ‘silent or silenced?’ to which the wife of Prince Harry, 36, accused the Royal establishment of ‘silencing’ her.
Casting doubt over the authenticity of her accusations once more, Piers used Oprah’s question to make light of his GMB exit.
‘Time for America to hear MY truth’: The journalist will unpack the events leading up to his dramatic departure in his first tell-all interview as he confirmed to Twitter on Saturday
Revealing: In another update shared on Friday evening, Piers poked fun at Meghan, 39, as he referenced the moment when Oprah, 67, asked whether she was ‘silent or silenced?’ to which the wife of Prince Harry, 36, accused the Royal establishment of ‘silencing’ her
He jested: ‘UPDATE: On Monday, I will give my first interview since leaving Good Morning Britain to @TuckerCarlson on his new @foxnation show, with highlights that evening on his @FoxNews show.
‘Was I silent, or was I silenced? (crying laughing emoji).’
Carlson, 51, also confirmed the news to social media as he shared an exclusive clip from the interview and said: ‘So, Piers Morgan was banished from television for asking a simple question, how is it that the most privileged people in our society get away with posing as the most oppressed?
‘For asking that they crushed him – they took his job away. On Monday we will speak to Piers Morgan for his first wide-ranging on-camera interview since he was cancelled.’
Morgan resigned from GMB on March 9 – a day after he stormed off set during an on-air row with weatherman Alex Beresford, who criticized him for ‘continuing to trash’ the Duchess of Sussex.
There were more than 41,000 complaints received by Ofcom, the UK’s communications regulator, including one from Meghan herself following the clash.
The duchess was said to have raised concerns with ITV about the effect Morgan’s comments may have on the issue of mental health generally and those attempting to deal with their own problems.
But Morgan later repeated his condemnation of her interview the following day when he told reporters outside his West London home: ‘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.’
Soon after he announced his resignation and tweeted his thanks to the GMB team, praising them for their ‘hard work and dedication’ that led to them beating their main breakfast TV rival.
In the wake of his departure at least three petitions calling for Morgan to be reinstated on GMB garnered more than 240,000 signatures.
Last month, Morgan announced he had quit GMB after co-star Alex Beresford (right) challenged his comments about Meghan
Morgan ruled out a return to the show but called the petitions a ‘pleasant surprise’ in an Instagram statement on March 13.
‘I won’t be going back, but thanks to everyone who has signed these petitions. Normally, people start petitions to have me fired or deported, so this is a pleasant surprise,’ he wrote.
‘Those of you that know me well enough know that, despite my many faults, I’m always willing to stand my ground for the things that I think matter most.
‘My fervent opposition to the Iraq War led to my demise from the Daily Mirror. My outspoken views on the insanity of American gun laws led to the end of my time at CNN.
‘And now I’ve lost my job at Good Morning Britain because I chose not to apologise for disbelieving Meghan Markle’s claims in her interview with Oprah Winfrey.’
He added: ‘I thus became the latest ”victim” of the cancel culture that is permeating our country, every minute, of every hour, of everyday. Though of course, I consider myself to be neither a victim, nor actually cancelled.
‘However, I do believe the defence of free speech and the right to express honestly held opinions, is the most important issue of my career, and the most important issue in British society.’
Sources at ITV have said that Morgan ‘will continue to make programmes for the channel’, according to iNews.
This is likely to include his popular celebrity interview program, Life Stories, which has been on air since 2009.
Since Piers’ exit from the show he has received messages from several stars, naming Jeremy Clarkson and Bear Grylls, who have said he had a ‘right’ to say his mind.
Sharon Osbourne also voiced her support for Piers during an appearance on The Talk, though she has since parted ways with the CBS show.