Meghan Oprah interview: Piers Morgan storms off Good Morning Britain in clash with Alex Beresford over Meghan comments

Piers Morgan stormed off the set of Good Morning Britain on Tuesday as his co-presenter, Alex Beresford, criticised him for remarks he made about the Duchess of Sussex.

Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 11:29 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 11:29 am

On Monday morning, Morgan delivered a scathing review of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey which had aired on Sunday in the US and has since been broadcast in the UK.

During the interview the couple, who now live in the States, made a number of shocking revelations about their time as a working royal couple, including an allegation that a member of the family – not the Queen or Duke of Edinburgh – had made a racist comment about their unborn son, Archie.

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Piers Morgan stormed off Good Morning Britain on Tuesday when challenged on his attitude towards Meghan Markle. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for BAFTA LA)

Discussing it on Tuesday morning’s GMB, Beresford said: “They’ve had an overwhelming amount of negative press.

“You know, I watched the programme yesterday and, yes, they had some great press around the wedding, but what press is going to trash someone’s special day?

“There was bad press around the engagement before the engagement, and everything that has followed since has been incredibly damaging, quite clearly, to Meghan’s mental health and also to Harry.

“And I hear Piers say William has gone through the same thing but, do you know what, siblings experience tragedy in their life and one will be absolutely fine and brush it off and the other will not be able to deal with it so strongly and that is clearly what has happened with Harry in this situation.

“He walked behind his mother’s coffin at a tender, tender age in front of the globe. That is going to shape a young boy for the rest of his life, so I think we all need to take a step back, and I understand that you don’t like Meghan Markle, you’ve made it so clear a number of times on this programme…”

“And I understand you’ve got a personal relationship with Meghan Markle or had one and she cut you off. She’s entitled to cut you off if she wants to. Has she said anything about you since she cut you off? I don’t think she has but yet you continue to trash her…”

Morgan then stood up and said: “OK, I’m done with this” and walked off set, saying: “Sorry, no… sorry, can’t do this…”

Later Beresford, who is mixed race, said that the Meghan and Harry interview was "very personal for me".

He revealed that a former colleague had asked him if he was worried about "what shade of cocoa" his son would be, "so I fully understand the hurt that is behind all of that".

Morgan’s comments on Monday also drew criticism from mental health charity Mind, which raised concerns after Morgan said he did not believe that the Duchess of Sussex had suicidal thoughts.

The charity criticised the ITV host and said it was “disappointed and concerned” by his comments.

It added: “It’s vital that, when people reach out for support or share their experiences of ill mental health, they are treated with dignity, respect and empathy.”

Meanwhile, Buckingham Palace is yet to respond on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s interview with Oprah after it was aired in the UK on Monday.

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