During yesterday’s GMB, Piers Morgan had delivered a scathing review of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, which was aired on Sunday night to US audiences, before being shown in the UK on Monday evening.
The former newspaper editor said he was ‘sickened’ by the interview, which amounted to a ‘trash-a-thon’ aimed at the Royal family.
Discussing this response on this morning’s GMB, weatherman Alex Beresford said the couple had faced ‘an overwhelming amount of negative press’.
He added: ‘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…’
The presenter’s scathing comments on Monday also drew criticism from the mental health charity Mind.
The charity criticised the ITV host and said it was ‘disappointed and concerned’ by his comments, which had included doubting Meghan reporting suicidal thoughts thoughts.
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.
With the high-profile interview attracting 17 million viewers in the US alone, residents across Hampshire have labelled the accusations and revelations as ‘a can of worms’ for the monarchy.