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Piers Morgan quit Good Morning Britain after Meghan complaint

The Duchess of Sussex was concerned not about Morgan’s criticism of her, but how his comments would affect the issue of mental health generally.

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MEGHAN MARKLE FORMALLY complained to ITV about Piers Morgan before the Good Morning Britain co-host quit.

Morgan left the breakfast show after an on-air row with a colleague who criticised him for “continuing to trash” the duchess, after earlier this week saying he “didn’t believe a word” of Markle’s Oprah Winfrey interview.

PA understands Markle’s concern was not about the personal attacks on the validity of her racism allegation made against the royal family, or her claims she was not supported by the institution when experiencing suicidal thoughts.

The complaint is understood to focus on how Morgan’s comments may affect the issue of mental health generally and those attempting to deal with their own problems.

ITV bosses had asked Morgan to apologise to the duchess during Tuesday’s show but he refused, the Telegraph reported.

The development follows Buckingham Palace’s statement, saying that the issues raised in Harry and Meghan’s bombshell interview, especially over race, were “concerning” and would be addressed by the Queen and her family privately.

The royal family said it was taking “very seriously” the couple’s shocking allegation that a member of the family – not the Queen or Duke of Edinburgh – raised concerns about how dark their son Archie’s skin tone might be before he was born.

The royals appear to be at odds over the version of some events described by the couple as the statement highlighted how “some recollections may vary”. 

But the sympathetic tone of a Buckingham Palace statement suggests a reconciliation through dialogue in private is the aim.

Asked to respond to Buckingham Palace’s statement about the interview, a spokesman for the couple said they would not be commenting any further.

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Morgan criticised Meghan as he co-hosted Monday’s Good Morning Britain show, and after a clip aired of the duchess discussing her struggles with mental health and the monarchy’s knowledge of them, he said: “I’m sorry, I don’t believe a word she says.

“I wouldn’t believe her if she read me a weather report.”

Morgan walked off the set on Tuesday after an on-air clash with his colleague, Alex Beresford.

Morgan faces an Ofcom investigation after the regulator received 41,000 complaints following his comments on Monday.

 

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