Watch: Piers Morgan walks off Good Morning Britain following heated discussion with Alex Beresford over Harry and Meghan interview
In the interview, Meghan revealed she previously had suicidal thoughts due to the abuse she had received when joining the royal family. On yesterday’s episode of Good Morning Britain, Morgan said: “I’m sorry, I don’t believe a word she said, Meghan Markle. I wouldn’t believe it if she read me a weather report.”
His remarks were widely criticised by his co-presenters and on social media, with broadcaster ITV also being called “hypocritical” for allowing him to “cast aspersions” while also running the mental health campaign Get Britain Talking.
On this morning’s episode of Good Morning Britain, Beresford addressed Morgan’s comments, describing yesterday’s segment about Meghan as “incredibly hard to watch”.
“[Harry and Meghan] have had an overwhelming amount of negative press,” he 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.”
“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.”
At this point, Morgan stood up and walked away from the Good Morning Britain set, saying: “OK, I’m done with this.”
As Morgan was leaving, Beresford added: “Do you know what? That’s pathetic. 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.”
Harry and Meghan’s Oprah special can be streamed on ITV hub now.
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