Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, has lodged a complaint with British television station ITV over comments made about her by former breakfast host Piers Morgan, according to the broadcaster’s own royal editor.
- ITV royal editor Chris Ship said the duchess was concerned about Piers Morgan’s comments about her mental health
- Morgan is casting the issue as one of freedom of speech
- But he has conceded that “it’s not for me to question if she felt suicidal”.
Morgan was hosting Good Morning Britain, one of the country’s top rated breakfast shows, when he said he did not believe a word the duchess had said during her interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The station’s royal editor, Chris Ship, said the Duchess of Sussex filed her complaint on Monday following the broadcast of Good Morning Britain.
“Meghan raised concerns about how [Piers Morgan’s] words affect the issue of mental health and what it might do to others contemplating suicide,” he wrote on social media.
Ship said the complaint was believed to have been sent to the broadcaster’s chief executive, Carolyn McCall.
The complaint was one of more 41,000 sent to ITV in the wake of Morgan’s comments.
The duchess had told Winfrey that she “didn’t want to be alive anymore” and said she would have taken her own life if she had not told her husband, Prince Harry.
Morgan left Good Morning Britain in the wake of the controversy over his comments, saying he and the station “agreed to disagree”.
He has since doubled down on his stance, saying: “Freedom of speech is a hill I’m happy to die on.”
But he also conceded that it was “not for me to question if she felt suicidal”.
Along with feeling suicidal, the duchess said she did not receive support from the royal family after raising concerns about racism.
The issue of race centres around an alleged conversation had amongst family members about the skin tone of Harry and Meghan’s son, Archie.
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“I don’t believe almost anything that comes out of her mouth,” Morgan had said on Wednesday.
“I think the damage she has done to the British monarchy and the Queen, at a time when Prince Philip is lying in hospital, is enormous, and frankly contemptable.”
He continued his defence on social media, again saying he did not believe what Meghan said during her interview.
“On Monday, I said I didn’t believe Meghan Markle in her Oprah interview. I’ve had time to reflect on this opinion, and I still don’t. If you did, OK,” he said.
The fallout from the interview has caused issues for the British monarchy.
A statement released by Buckingham Palace on behalf of the Queen said the issues would be addressed privately.
“The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan,” the statement read.
“The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning.
“Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much-loved family members.”
Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, remained tight-lipped when he was asked by reporters about the interview while visiting a hospital.