Piers Morgan speaks out on ‘not being allowed’ to have an opinion on Meghan Markle

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Piers Morgan, 56, made his first TV appearance since his sensational exit from Good Morning Britain last month, where he talked to Fox News presenter Tucker Carlson on the Tucker Carlson Today – an American show that is available to stream on Fox Nation – about his departure and vented some opinions on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. But he admitted that in the run up to his exit from the ITV show, he was condemned by social media trolls for having an opinion on her allegations against the Royal Family.

I wasn’t allowed to have an opinion that I didn’t believe what she was saying

Piers Morgan

He told Tucker: “I still don’t believe what they were saying. In particular, I don’t believe what Meghan Markle said.

“17 different claims by the pair of them have now been proven to be either completely untrue or massively exaggerated or unprovable.”

Piers was virtually crucified online for his remarks that wracked up a whopping 57,000 Ofcom complaints and later forced ITV to give him an ultimatum – to either apologise for upsetting people or step down from his post alongside co-host Susanna Reid.

In the interview with the American broadcaster, he stood his ground, adamant he didn’t believe the former actress.

“A huge furore erupted throughout the day. I was an outrage,” he recalled the backlash he received, which even saw death threats sent to his children.

“I wasn’t allowed to have an opinion that I didn’t believe what she was saying, even though it was clear to me in real-time, as I was watching the interview that there were a number of things which just couldn’t be true.”

Following his abrupt exit, he told press outside of his London home: “I don’t believe almost anything that comes out of her mouth and I think the damage she’s done to the British monarchy and to the Queen at a time when Prince Philip is lying in hospital is enormous and, frankly, contemptible.

“If I have to fall on my sword for expressing an honestly-held opinion about Meghan Markle and that diatribe of bilge that she came out within that interview, so be it.”

Meghan, who was also joined by Prince Harry during the tell-all interview, broke her silence on how she had been treated throughout her time as part of the family, and how she felt after she was ambushed by the UK tabloids.

In an emotional confession, she said at one point she felt suicidal, to which Piers insisted his words had been “deliberately misconstrued” to make it sound like he didn’t care about metal health.

Writing in his Daily Mail column where he shared his side of the story, he pointed out this wasn’t the case.

It came after a complaint was made by mental health charity Mind, that assured his unease after they revealed they were “disappointed” and were “in conversations with ITV” about his remarks.

Piers penned: “To compound my unease, the mental health charity Mind – which gave me an award in 2012 for promoting mental health issues in Life Stories interviews with troubled stars such as Frank Bruno and Paul Gascoigne – issued a statement saying it was ‘disappointed and concerned to see Piers Morgan’s comments on not believing Meghan’s experiences about suicidal thoughts’.

“It ended with the ominously threatening words: ‘We are in conversations with ITV about this.’

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“ITV asked me to clarify what I meant on tomorrow’s show, which I’m happy to do as it’s been deliberately misconstrued to suggest I don’t think victims of mental illness should be believed.

“As requested by ITV, I clarified my position on mental health by saying, ‘I still don’t believe what Meghan Markle says generally in this interview, and I have serious concerns about the veracity of a lot of what she said.

“‘But let me just state my position on mental illness and on suicide. These are clearly extremely serious things and should be taken extremely seriously and if someone is feeling that way, they should get the treatment and the help that they need every time.

“‘Every time. And if they belong to an institution like the Royal Family, they should seek that help and be given it. It’s not for me to question if she felt suicidal.'”

But an apology was far from the brink of surfacing as Piers was adamant that if he didn’t believe Meghan, why should he have to apologise?

When debating the choice to either quit GMB or not to “take the hit”, he wrote: “In a free, democratic society, I should be allowed not to believe someone, and to say that I don’t believe them.

“That, surely, is the very essence of freedom of speech?”

Express.co.uk contacted ITV and Meghan’s reps for comment.

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