Piers Morgan can give out as much criticism as he likes, but it turns out he can't take any (surprise, surprise). The presenter walked off Good Morning Britain this morning after being challenged by his co-presenter Alex Beresford following comments Piers made about Meghan Markle yesterday. Instead of listening to what Alex had to fairly say about Piers' 'diabolical' behaviour yesterday - and it was diabolical - he simply walked off.
Yet again, Piers has managed to make the situation all about him. Again. Obviously questioning Meghan's experience of racism in the royal family yesterday, and then completely dismissing her comments about mental health, just wasn't enough for him. He had to throw some more toys out of the pram and embarrass himself even further. (Some have wondered whether this morning's walk off set was a distraction, as many have complained to Ofcom about yesterday's show.)
So, anyway, what did Piers find so offensive that he walked off? '[Harry and Meghan] have had an overwhelming amount of negative press,' Alex said. 'I watched the programme yesterday and yes, they had some great press around the wedding... but everything that has followed since has been incredibly damaging to Meghan’s mental health and to Harry.'
But he then mentioned the fact Meghan and Piers used to know each other, which must have really struck a nerve. '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 that you had a personal relationship with Meghan Markle and she cut you off. Has she said anything about you after she cut you off? She’s entitled to cut you off if she wants to. And yet you continue to trash her.' This was what caused Piers to storm off.
'Do you know what? That’s pathetic,' Alex said, following Piers' tantrum. 'This is absolutely diabolical behaviour. I’m sorry, but Piers spouts off on a regular basis and we all have to sit there and listen – 6.30 to 7 o’clock yesterday was incredibly hard to watch.' Alex is right, yesterday was difficult to watch. And it's good he's being called out on air.
Morgan faced backlash over comments he made on the show about Meghan's mental health, saying that he didn't believe she had thoughts of taking her own life. The charity Mind - which works with ITV on their mental health campaign Get Britain Talking - said: 'It’s vital that when people reach out for support or share their experiences of ill mental health that they are treated with dignity, respect and empathy.' The charity has said it is talking about matters with ITV.
He has also faced criticism for his comments about Meghan saying in the interview that there were conversations about 'how dark [Archie's] skin might' while she was pregnant. Trisha Goddard was praised for telling Piers: 'I’m sorry, Piers – you don’t get to call out what is and isn’t racism against Black people. I’ll leave you to call out all the other stuff you want, but leave the racism stuff to us, eh?'
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