Morgan cleared over ‘Princess Pinnochio’ outburst
Piers Morgan said he wouldn’t believe Meghan if she read the weather report
TV and newspaper journalist Piers Morgan has won the backing of Ofcom after he said he “didn’t believe a word” of what Meghan Markle told Oprah Winfrey during her television interview earlier this year.
Mr Morgan suffered a huge viewer backlash and was forced to quit his job as an anchor of ITV breakfast show Good Morning Britain after he challenged the Duchess of Sussex’s claims that she endured royal racism and had contemplated suicide.
The Duchess was among a record 57,000 people who complained to the UK broadcasting regulator over Mr Morgan’s comments.
Today Ofcom cleared ITV and Morgan, calling attempts to silence him a “chilling restriction on freedom of expression”.
It said: “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’.”
During the Oprah interview, the former Suits actress told tens of millions of people that an unnamed royal was racist towards Archie, said that the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, made her cry in a row over bridesmaids dresses at her wedding to Prince Harry. She accused Buckingham Palace of ignoring her pleas for help when she was pregnant and suicidal.
Afterwards, Mr Morgan told viewers of Good Morning Britain: “I’m sorry, I don’t believe a word she says. I wouldn’t believe her if she read me a weather report. The fact she has expressed an onslaught against our Royal Family is contemptible’.”
Today he said: “This is a resounding victory for free speech and a resounding defeat for Princess Pinocchio. In light of this decision – do I get my job back?”