Meghan Markle latest news – Duchess 'LIVID & can't cope' with Piers Morgan's Ofcom win as Susanna breaks GMB silence

Meghan Markle latest news – Duchess 'LIVID & can't cope' with Piers Morgan's Ofcom win as Susanna breaks GMB silence

September 2, 2021

PIERS Morgan has WON his Ofcom complaint against Meghan Markle in the row which led to him quitting Good Morning Britain.

The media watchdog confirmed Piers, 56, was simply giving his opinions on the couple's bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, before he stormed off set live on air following publicly criticism from a co-presenter.

Meghan and Harry personally lodged a direct complaint against Piers to ITV and Ofcom against his outburst and Piers left the ITV show as a result.

The rant also triggered the most public complaints to the regulator in a decade – with more than 57,000 lodged against him.

Read our Meghan Markle live blog for the latest updates…

  • Milica Cosic

    WHAT IS RUMOURED TO BE IN PRINCE HARRY’S BOOK SO FAR?

    Revelations said to be in the chapter of Prince Harry’s memoirs include:

    • The royals were ‘quietly pleased’ Meghan was unable to attend Prince Philip’s funeral
    • The brothers were heartbroken after the death of their grandfather
    • William was ‘furious’ about the Oprah interview
    • Harry’s Remembrance Sunday wreath was left in a box because he was ‘no longer a frontline royal’
    • Meghan believes the Palace ‘tried to discredit’ her amid accusations over bullying

    FINDING FREEDOM: WHAT HAS CHANGED IN THE NEW EDITION OF HARRY & MEGHAN’S BIOGRAPHY?

    The authors have updated the book with a new chapter, promising a host of revelations since it was first published last summer.

    As well as Harry and Meghan’s reaction to Philip’s death, publisher HarperCollins said the new edition will share “behind the scenes” details of the Oprah interview as well as their move to California.

    It will also recount “Meghan’s emotional healing journey from losing a child to the birth of their daughter”.

    Finding Freedom already chronicles the Duke and Duchess’s romance and brief period as members of the monarchy before they broke away to forge a new life for themselves and son Archie in America.

    Scobie, a journalist favoured by the Sussexes, said of the first edition that the couple “did not authorise the book and have never been interviewed for it”.

    EXPLAINED: WHAT DID HARRY SAY IN THE OPRAH INTERVIEW?

    Harry also made a series of claims that have since been questioned.

    He described to Oprah the moment he took Archie for a bike ride in California, and said he was unable to enjoy that as a child.

    However, on at least two occasions in Scilly Isles and and Sandringham while still a child, he was photographed riding behind his dad, just like Archie.

    He also said he was "literally cut off financially" by the Royal Family.

    This is disputed by Clarence House and Prince Charles. who has funded Harry and Meghan.

    He also benefited from millions left by Princess Diana and the Queen Mother.

    • Milica Cosic

      THE UN-PROVABLE CLAIMS PIERS MORGAN BLASTED MEGHAN MARKLE FOR TELLING OPRAH ABOUT ROYAL LIFE (CONTINUED…)

      • Concerns over Archie's skin colour – The single most damaging claim for the royals were allegations of "conversations" and "concerns" about the colour of Archie's skin when she was pregnant.
        She has refused to name the member of the Royal Family she alleges made the comment.
      • Ignored when she asked for help – Meghan says she was ignored when she asked HR for support saying she felt suicidal.
      • Kate made Meg cry – But journalist behind the original story – which alleged that in fact Meghan made Kate cry – sticks by her sources.

      THE 17 DODGIEST CLAIMS PIERS MORGAN BLASTED MEGHAN MARKLE FOR TELLING OPRAH ABOUT ROYAL LIFE (CONTINUED…)

      • Press created drama over Thomas Markle – Her father is now demanding his own Oprah interview.
      • Security was taken away – Meghan said security was removed from her, Harry and Archie, despite fears for their safety.
      • Press team didn't defend her
      • Banned from lunching with pals – In fact, newspapers turned down many paparazzi photos of Meghan out of the confines of the palace.
      • No training in how to be royal
      • Holiday parties with the paps

      Read the article in full here.

      THE 17 DODGIEST CLAIMS PIERS MORGAN BLASTED MEGHAN MARKLE FOR TELLING OPRAH ABOUT ROYAL LIFE

      The ex-GMB host was yesterday cleared by Ofcom after accusing the Duchess of making up the claims – here we take a look at them:

      • Real wedding took place earlier – This claim has since been proved not to have happened.
      • Archie 'wasn't allowed to be prince'
      • Meghan 'never looked Harry up online' – But according to the authors of Finding Freedom, Meghan looked up Harry via a thorough Google search for their first date.
      • Meg 'hadn't seen sister for almost 20 years'
      • TV wasn't ever part of the plan
      • Meg's passport was taken from her – Meghan claimed during the Oprah chat that she'd had her passport taken from her. She also said she was unable to "just leave".
      • Silent or silenced? – In reality, she went on 73 public appearances as a working royal… even famously, she gave a tearful interview to Tom Bradby for ITN when in South Africa.
      • Papers 'withheld story on her dad to cause maximum harm'

      MEGHAN MARKLE WILL BE "ABSOLUTELY LIVID" AT OFCOM RULING

      Royal author Angela Levin told The Sun Online that Meghan would be enraged by the ruling after Piers told UK viewers he "didn't believe a word" she said in the explosive chat with the talk show host.

      "I think she will be absolutely livid and she’ll ask her lawyers to see what they can do about it," Angela said.

      "She can’t cope with someone saying she didn’t tell the truth. Because she is all about compassion and understanding and caring for people."

      Piers defiantly said he "still doesn't believe her" in the wake of the Ofcom verdict and even joked "Do I get my job back?"

      He told his followers he was "delighted" by the decision and dubbed Meghan "Princess Pinocchios" – a dig expected to further rile the former Suits star.

      PIERS MORGAN TEARS MEGHAN MARKLE’S PAL OMID SCOBIE TO SHREDS FOR ‘TRASHING THE QUEEN IN GARBAGE BOOK’

      Piers was yesterday cleared by Ofcom over comments he made regarding the Duchess of Sussex on ITV's Good Morning Britain, which later saw him storm off set and resign.

      In a tweet, Scobie said he "questioned" Ofcom's verdict as "freedom of expression" under the 1988 Act is subject to the "protection of health or morals."

      "While everyone should be free to express opinion on public figures, discrediting a person’s mental health issues on TV reinforced a dangerous stigma and put others at risk," he added.

      But Piers proved he is back with a vengeance after clearing his name – and tore the Sussexes pal to shreds by telling him: "Pipe down, Lickspittle."

      His savage response continued: "You just trashed the Queen in your garbage book without a care for the mental health of a 95-year-old woman grieving the loss of her husband."

      Read more here.

      PIERS MORGAN SAYS QUEEN OF WOKE MEGHAN MARKLE CAN’T SILENCE US ANYMORE (CONTINUED…)

      In an exclusive interview, the telly star told how he was furious at being called racist for disbelieving claims made by the Duchess.

      Piers told The Sun: “This is a woman who smeared the Royal Family when Prince Philip was ill in hospital and later died.

      “She is a woman who has caused the Queen appalling, extra aggravation as she buried her husband.

      “And for me to be accused of being racist for simply disbelieving two people — who we now know said many untrue things in that Oprah interview — is outrageous.

      “Absolutely nothing I’ve ever said about Meghan Markle has anything to do with the colour of her skin. That slur made me very angry.”

      Read the article in full here.

      • Milica Cosic

        PIERS MORGAN SAYS QUEEN OF WOKE MEGHAN MARKLE CAN’T SILENCE US ANYMORE – IF SHE CAN HAVE HER VIEWS THEN I CAN HAVE MINE

        The ex-GMB host was yesterday cleared by Ofcom after accusing Meghan of making up claims in her and husband Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey that a senior royal had been racist, and that Meghan’s mental health had suffered.

        Piers called her a “whiny, forked-tongue actress” and said the report was a “resounding defeat for Princess Pinocchio”.

        He told The Sun: “The woke brigade think they can vilify, shame, silence and get fired anyone who has an opinion they don’t like.

        “Meghan Markle is the queen of this culture, who personally sought to have me lose my job — and succeeded.

        “Why are she and Prince Harry entitled to have their opinion but I’m not entitled to mine?”

      • Milica Cosic

        MEGHAN MARKLE & PRINCE HARRY STILL OWE £78,500 TO CHARITY AS THEIR FOUNDATION FINALLY CLOSES

        The couple's MWX Foundation, formerly Sussex Royal, is in liquidation but has not paid off the unnamed non-profit, papers released today revealed.

        The report said a claim of £213,000 had been received from a creditor relating to a grant due to a "not-for-profit enterprise".

        A total of £134,500 has been paid off, according to the most recent figures, leaving £78,500 left to hand over.

        The Duke and Duchess of Sussex began winding up MWX a year ago, declaring all of its debts would be paid in full within 12 months.

        But more than 12 months later and the outstanding amount on the Companies House document remains.

        It reads: "The charity has sufficient funds to settle the claim in full and a final dividend is to be made shortly to pay the remaining balance."

      • Milica Cosic

        PIERS MORGAN'S WIN A MAJOR 'FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION'

        A statement released by Ofcom yesterday said: "This interview became a major international news story and we acknowledged it was both legitimate and in the public interest for ITV to broadcast debates featuring presenters such as Mr Morgan scrutinising those allegations including the veracity, timing and possible motivations of the claims.

        "Consistent with the right to freedom of expression, broadcasters can portray strong views on the matter, including views casting doubt on the claims made.

        "Ofcom is clear that, consistent with freedom of expression, Mr Morgan was entitled to say he disbelieved the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's allegations and to hold and express strong views that rigorously challenged their account.

        "The Code allows for individuals to express strongly held and robustly argued views, including those that are potentially harmful or highly offensive, and for broadcasters to include these in their programming.

        "The restriction of such views would, in our view, be an unwarranted and chilling restriction on freedom of expression both of the broadcaster and audience."

        Ofcom ruled he was 'entitled' to say he didn't believe Meghan Markle suffered mental health issues on GMB in March
      • Milica Cosic

        NEWS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED YESTERDAY: PIERS MORGAN WINS OFCOM BATTLE AFTER STORMING OFF GMB

        • Piers Morgan hails ‘watershed moment’ for free speech over Meghan Markle GMB row & insists: ‘I still don’t believe her’
        • Piers Morgan WON’T appear on Good Morning Britain today but sends his wife Celia Walden instead – to promote her book
        • The presenter brands Meghan a ‘whiny fork-tongued actress’ and ‘demonstrable liar’ after Ofcom win
        • Piers asks ‘Do I get my job back?’ over ‘Princess Pinocchio’ Meghan Markle’s ‘chilling’ attack on free speech
        • Meghan will be ‘absolutely livid’ as Piers wins Ofcom ruling over ‘liar’ blast and ‘will speak to lawyers’
        • Piers' ex-GMB colleague Susanna Reid breaks her silence on his Ofcom win over Meghan

        SUSANNA REID REVEALS SHE FEELS ‘AWKWARD’ STUCK BETWEEN PIERS MORGAN AND ITV BOSSES AFTER OFCOM STAND-OFF

        Speaking for the first time since the landmark Ofcom win, Susanna said that she felt "awkward" being stuck in the middle during the complaint.

        The presenter also confirmed that Piers wouldn't be on the show this morning – or be returning to his job on Good Morning Britain.

        She revealed this morning on GMB: "What struck me about the Ofcom ruling, on the one hand, I've got my friend Piers Morgan, and on the other, I've got my bosses at ITV.

        "So it's obviously a slightly awkward moment right now."

        Susanna said Piers will NOT be returning to the show this morning.

        And when she was asked if she was "devastated," the presenter simply said: "it was quite a moment, wasn't it."

        PRINCE ANDREW STILL A PERSON OF INTEREST IN US EPSTEIN PROBE

        Andrew, 61, has resisted approaches to cooperate with a criminal investigation into dead billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein and his alleged co-conspirators.

        US prosecutors — who are unravelling Epstein’s sprawling underage sex trafficking operation — accused Andrew of “zero cooperation” last year.

        News agency Reuters reported earlier this month that Andrew was a “person of interest” in the Epstein probe — led by the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. He is being considered “at least” a witness.

        As part of their investigation, Epstein’s alleged madam, Brit socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, 59, has been charged with procuring girls for her former lover.

        The Duke also faces a civil lawsuit from sex slave Virginia Giuffre in the US, over allegations he sexually assaulted her. He has vehemently denied the claims in the past.

        • Milica Cosic

          PIERS MORGAN SAYS ‘QUEEN OF WOKE MEGHAN MARKLE CAN’T SILENCE US ANYMORE – IF SHE CAN HAVE OPINIONS THEN I CAN HAVE MINE’

          The ex-GMB host was yesterday cleared by Ofcom after accusing Meghan of making up claims in her and husband Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey that a senior royal had been racist, and that Meghan’s mental health had suffered.

          Piers, 56, quit in March after ITV bosses tried to force him to publicly apologise to the Duchess.

          But the TV watchdog ruled in his favour after rejecting a record 58,000 complaints — including one from Meghan.

          Piers called her a “whiny, forked-tongue actress” and said the report was a “resounding defeat for Princess Pinocchio”.

          He told The Sun: “The woke brigade think they can vilify, shame, silence and get fired anyone who has an opinion they don’t like.

          “Meghan Markle is the queen of this culture, who personally sought to have me lose my job — and succeeded.

          “Why are she and Prince Harry entitled to have their opinion but I’m not entitled to mine?”

        • Milica Cosic

          TIMELINE OF PIERS MORGAN’S HISTORY WITH MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY

          Morgan’s feud with Meghan stems back to 2015, when the broadcaster says the now-Duchess “ghosted” him.

          2015

          • In 2015, the pair were friendly and followed each other on Twitter.

          2016

          • In 2016, the pair met for drinks in London at Piers’ favourite pub while Markle was in town.

          2018

          • In May of 2018, in the lead up to Harry and Meghan’s royal wedding, Morgan wrote of his sympathy towards for Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle, who would not be invited to the royal wedding amid the family drama that had ensued.

          2021

          • Fast forward to 2021, Piers' anger only grew when it was announced that Meghan and Harry would be doing a 2-hour long interview with Oprah.

          Read the timeline in full here.

          PRINCE HARRY HAD ‘VERY SPECIAL’ REUNION WITH THE QUEEN, BOOK REVEALS

          Following Prince Philip's funeral, the new tell-all Harry and Meghan biography Finding Freedom reveals Harry and The Queen had a “very special” reunion.

          After returning to the UK for the first time since moving to the US to attend his grandfather's funeral in April of this year, an insider has said the funeral provided an opportunity for Harry to "spend precious moments" with the Queen.

          "To see each other after so long apart, the longest he hadn’t seen the Queen for, was very special,” a source told Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand.

          "Despite everything that has happened, he has the utmost love and respect for her. Her life of duty and service is one of the many ways in which she has inspired him to also serve.”

          PRINCE CHARLES WAS ‘ALWAYS CLOSER’ TO HARRY THAN WILLIAM, SAYS EXPERT

          A royal expert has claimed that Prince Charles is particularly devastated about the feud with his youngest son, which was sparked in earnest by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Oprah interview in March.

          Speaking on the True Royalty programme The Royal Beat, author Robert Jobson explained that the Queen’s son, 72, has had a difficult time coming to terms with his 36-year-old second child’s move to the US and his public criticism of the royals.

          The royal commentator, who co-wrote the 2002 book Diana: Closely Guarded Secret, said: “I think that he was closer to Harry and that’s why it’s hit him quite hard with what’s happened with Harry.”

          Jobson made the comment while discussing the late King George VI’s relationship with his youngest child, Princess Margaret.

          Referring to the Queen’s father, he said: “He had a deep affection for both his daughters and protected them, but he had a trust in the Queen – Princess Elizabeth – he felt that she was a solid character.”

          HARRY AND MEGHAN NEIGHBOURS COMPLAIN ABOUT STINK FROM A GIANT CANNABIS FARM CLOSE TO THEIR £11M MANSION

          MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry’s rich neighbours have been suffering from a royal stink – a huge cannabis factory.

          The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been living just minutes from a legal weed factory base in Santa Barbara, California.

          The couple’s £11million mansion is just up the road from the 20 large greenhouses full of the plants – leaving the luxury suburb reeking.

          Neighbours have now made a string of complaints, sparking the company to install new “odour control systems.”

          One resident complained that the stench was so bad that they had to pull over while driving along the road. The factory is less than a 10-minute drive from the Montecito mansion where the couple live with son Archie, two, and two month-old daughter Lilibet.

          EXPLAINED: WHAT IS PIERS MORGAN FEUD WITH MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY?

          Over the years, Piers has criticised Meghan, repeatedly calling her “fake”, a “ruthless social climber” and accused her of using her marriage to “get to the top”.

          The media broadcaster has also described Prince Harry as hypocritical, accusing the Duke of “playing the victim”.

          It is long-running commentary that has seen Morgan accused of bullying, sexism, and racism.

          While the feud has remained one sided with the Duke and Duchess staying tight-lipped on Morgan’s take-downs, the pair have been vocal in their criticism of the media.

          • Milica Cosic

            PIERS REACTS TO BEING CLEARED BY OFCOM ON TWITTER

            Piers Morgan took to Twitter to express his joy of being cleared after the explosive rant about Meghan Markle, which ultimately left him sacked by GMB.

            Sharing a snippet of the breaking news on Twitter, he simply captioned the post with a cool face emoji.

          • Milica Cosic

            HARRY COMPARED TO EDWARD VIII AFTER HE FADED OUT OF PUBLIC VIEW – AND WROTE AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY

            In an interview with Fox News, Mr Bullen listed some of the similarities between Harry and Edward.

            Edward, who abdicated in 1936 to marry American divorcee and socialite Wallis, wrote a ghost-written autobiography after he was cut off with no source of income.

            Book A King’s Story: Memoirs of the Duke of Windsor was published in 1951, and included detail about the royal split and his relationship with Wallis.

            Harry is currently writing his own memoirs after signing a £29million four-book mega-deal.

          • Milica Cosic

            PRINCE ANDREW STILL A PERSON OF INTEREST IN US EPSTEIN PROBE

            Andrew, 61, has resisted approaches to cooperate with a criminal investigation into dead billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein and his alleged co-conspirators.

            US prosecutors — who are unravelling Epstein’s sprawling underage sex trafficking operation — accused Andrew of “zero cooperation” last year.

            News agency Reuters reported earlier this month that Andrew was a “person of interest” in the Epstein probe — led by the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. He is being considered “at least” a witness.

            As part of their investigation, Epstein’s alleged madam, Brit socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, 59, has been charged with procuring girls for her former lover.

            The Duke also faces a civil lawsuit from sex slave Virginia Giuffre in the US, over allegations he sexually assaulted her. He has vehemently denied the claims in the past.

          • Milica Cosic

            A MAJOR WIN FOR FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

            After Piers voiced his concerns that Meghan and Harry were dishonest in their Oprah chat, a string of other claims they made were also proven to be false.

            Ofcom said that it is: "clear that, consistent with freedom of expression, Mr Morgan was entitled to say he disbelieved the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's allegations and to hold and express strong views that rigorously challenged their account.

            "The Code allows for individuals to express strongly held and robustly argued views, including those that are potentially harmful or highly offensive, and for broadcasters to include these in their programming.

            "The restriction of such views would, in our view, be an unwarranted and chilling restriction on freedom of expression both of the broadcaster and audience."

            Piers stormed off during a heated debate with Alex Beresford

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