Good Morning Britain host facing 'relentless racism' after on-air clash with Piers Morgan
The Good Morning Britain presenter, Alex Beresford, who defended the Duchess of Sussex against Piers Morgan's ongoing criticism says he's faced "relentless racism" in the weeks since. The Good Morning Britain presenter who defended the Duchess of Sussex against Piers Morgan's ongoing criticism says he's faced "relentless racism" in the weeks since.
Piers Morgan has claimed “several members of the Royal Family” have sent him messages of “gratitude” following his criticism of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. © Bang Showbiz Piers Morgan
The 56-year-old broadcaster has been critical of the Duchess since she gave her tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey last month, and even left his position as host of ‘Good Morning Britain’ after his on-air outburst following the interview, where he said he “didn’t believe a word” of what she had said.
And following his public criticism, Piers has now claimed he’s had “messages communicated” to him “on behalf” of other members of the Royal Family, whom he said are thankful to him for defending them.
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Speaking to ‘Extra’s Billy Bush, he said: "I've had some messages communicated to me on behalf on several members of the Royal Family. I'm not going to go into who it was ... but gratitude that somebody was standing up."
Piers’ comments come just one day after he took aim at Meghan, 39, once again in an interview with FOX News’ Tucker Carlson.
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More tea has been spilled
It was the interview that we were all waiting for. On March 7, 2021, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s exclusive interview with Oprah Winfrey was aired for the first time, with the couple sharing their side of the story about life in the Royal Family. Since then, Oprah has shared new clips that did not make it into the broadcasted version. Here are the biggest revelations from the extra footage from Meghan and Harry’s tell-all interview.
An apparent cancelled meeting with The Queen
Prince Harry claimed that after he and Meghan announced their decision to step back as senior members of the royal family, his grandmother’s staff cancelled her plans with him. The Duke of Sussex said that when that happened, he called The Queen and said that he wanted to see her. Harry told Oprah: “She said, ‘Yes, there’s something in my diary that I didn’t know that I had.’ And I said, ‘Well, what about the rest of the week?’ And she said, ‘Well, that’s busy now as well.’ OK, I didn’t want to push because I kind of knew what was going on. When you’re head of The Firm, there are people around you that give you advice. And what has also made me really sad is some of that advice has been really bad.”
Meghan on “Waity Katie”
In the bonus footage, Meghan compared her Kate Middleton. The Duchess of Sussex claimed that her negative experience with the British press wasn’t comparable to Kate’s issues with the media, referencing the nickname for the Duchess of Cambridge before she wed Prince William. Meghan said: “Kate was called ‘Waity Katie’ waiting to marry William. While I imagine that was really hard, and I do, I can’t picture what that felt like. This is not the same, and if a member of his family will say 'we've all had to deal with things that are rude' - rude and racist are not the same.”
The American narrative
Meghan suggested Harry’s family struggled to see the difference between what her and Kate were experiencing with the media. She told Oprah: “It was like the Wild, Wild West. It spread like wildfire. Plus, my being American — it translated in a different way across the pond. So, you had a noise level that was very different. I think the volume of what was coming in and the interest was greater because of social media, because of the fact that I was not British.”
Harry denies his grandparents made the race remarks
Many bombshell claims were made as Oprah spoke to the couple. And perhaps one of the most shocking was that there were “concerns and conversations” within the Royal Family before baby Archie was born over “how dark his skin might be”. Both the Sussexes refused to reveal which member of the family had apparently said it. But Oprah has since revealed that behind-the-scenes, Harry made it clear that it was neither of his grandparents, The Queen nor Prince Philip.
Meghan on privacy
In another unseen clip, Oprah posed a question about Meghan and Harry’s desire for privacy: “While dating a royal, shouldn’t there be an expectation that you’re going to lose a certain degree of privacy?” To which Meghan responded: “I think everyone has a basic right to privacy. Basic. We're not talking about anything that anybody else wouldn't expect." The former actress went on to illustrate her definition of basic privacy, saying: “If you're at work and you have a photograph of your child on your desk, and your co-worker says, 'Oh, my gosh, your kid's so cute. That's fantastic! Can I see your phone so I can see all the pictures of your child?' You go, 'No. This is the picture I'm comfortable sharing with you.’”
Harry says family not in touch
When Harry was asked if anyone within his family had been in touch to apologise for the apparent lack of support he and Meghan felt, the Prince responded: “No, sadly not.” Before adding: “The feeling is that this was our decision; therefore, the consequences are on us. And despite three years of asking for help and visualising how this might end, it was, I don't know, it's been really hard because I am part of the system with them, I always have been.”
William is “trapped”
While Harry noted that he can’t speak for his brother William, he did suggest his brother is “trapped” in his role as the future king. The Duke of Sussex told Oprah: “My brother can’t leave that system, but I have. It’s a toxic environment but I will always be there for him.”
Meghan’s relationship with her father
In a bonus clip, Meghan answered more specific questions about her estranged father, Thomas Markle. The Duchess discussed how she felt when he decided to speak to the British press ahead of her wedding, explaining that when she called him about his upcoming story before it was published, he denied that he had spoken to the media about her. She said: “I said, ‘I just need you to tell me. If you tell me the truth, we can help.’ And he wasn’t able to do that.” Meghan suggested her mother, Doria Ragland, was able to handle the pressure better. She said: “Everyone has accountability. They hunted my mum down. You never heard her say a word. She’s remained in silent dignity for four years watching me go through this.”
The broadcaster slammed the former actress as “delusional” and accused her of “making millions off the royals while trashing family”.
Piers Morgan offered support by Duchess of York
Piers Morgan has claimed Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, has urged him to "get back out there" and return to work.The 58-year-old broadcaster recently quit his role on 'Good Morning Britain' following a backlash to the comments he made about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey and he's now revealed he's been offered support from Sarah Ferguson, who was previously married to Prince Harry's uncle, Prince Andrew.
He said: "It's not really about Meghan Markle - she's a delusional duchess who wants to make millions off the royals while trashing family - It's really about free speech.
"What happened to me is happening all over Britain and America - I can take it, but there are many people who don't have our platform who are being wiped out, lives destroyed, careers ended for ridiculous things."
Piers previously dismissed many of Meghan’s comments in her interview, including claims she had made about her mental health, when she said certain people within the royal family had told her there was nothing they could do for her after she said she was considering taking her own life.
And in his FOX interview, Piers said he “finds that impossible to believe”, and called for Meghan to publicly name those involved in the conversations.
He said: "You're accusing two people in the palace of being unspeakably cruel simply to protect the brand of the Royal family, if that is true let's have the names of these people and let's go to them and ask them is this true.
"'Did you tell a suicidal woman, who told you she was suicidal, not to get help?' - because I find that impossible to believe."
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