In a 7000-word op-ed for the British tabloid Mail on Sunday, which recently lost a lawsuit against the duchess, the former CNN host recounted the days following Meghan and Prince Harry‘s explosive Oprah interview, during which Morgan quit his TV job.
Morgan accused Meghan of being “disingenuous” and a “social-climbing” actress, as he dismissed what he called the “sensational implication” that her son Archie was barred from being a Prince because of his skin color.
He also claimed that Meghan has not received any more criticism from the British press than other members of the Royal Family, including Prince Harry mother, Princess Diana.
Morgan also revealed that he and his family received death threats after he was widely condemned for his comments about the interview on March 7.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex just dropped a nuclear-sized scandal bomb into the very heart of the Royal Family,” Morgan wrote.
“Their shocking claims of racism at the Palace concerning their son Archie, and an alleged refusal by Royal staff to let Meghan receive treatment for suicidal thoughts in case it hurt the Royal brand, are so incendiary that they could inflict irreparable damage on the Monarchy.
“But were they true? The longer the interview went on, the less I believed.”
Morgan described as “complete nonsense” any suggestion that Prince Harry and Meghan’s first child Archie could have been denied a title because of his race.
Meghan had told Oprah that a member of the Royal Family had expressed “concerns” about his potential skin tone. “All around this same time, we have in tandem the conversation of he won’t be given security, he’s not going to be given a title and also concerns and conversations as how dark his skin might be when he’s born,” Markle said.
Morgan pointed out that Archie would not automatically become a Prince because the great grandchildren of the Monarch are not bestowed with Royal titles unless they are in the direct line to the throne, such as Prince William and Kate Middleton‘s children.
“For all their guff in the interview about supporting the Queen, it’s the Monarch who decides such titles so they were effectively accusing Harry’s grandmother and Britain’s Head of State of being racist,” Morgan wrote.
“So, the most serious assertion, one that has already sent racially charged America into a tailspin of outrage, was a falsehood presumably designed to cause maximum harm to the Royals.
“This was a disgraceful betrayal, as was Meghan’s attack on the Duchess of Cambridge for making her cry (Kate’s never said a bad word about her sister-in-law in public), Harry’s bleating about his father supposedly cutting off his money supply and security, and their sustained bitter attack on the Royal institution whose titles they greedily exploit for massive commercial gain.”
Morgan added that he “expected such disingenuous, self-serving wrecking-ball stuff from a social-climbing Hollywood actress like Ms Markle,” but not from Harry.
Morgan once again questioned Meghan’s claims that she was told she could not receive any medical attention when she asked the Palace for help.
In the Oprah interview, the duchess revealed she had considered self-harm and suicide while pregnant with Archie because of the intense scrutiny in the tabloid press.
“We’re supposed to believe Meghan Markle told Palace aides she was suicidal and desperately needed help, but was informed she couldn’t have any because it might be bad for the Royal brand?
“And if she was suicidal, then why didn’t Harry get her the urgent help she needed?”
Morgan left his job at Good Morning Britain after he walked off the set on-air while being confronted for his remarks about Meghan’s claims of suicide, in which he told viewers “I don’t believe a word she said.”
The comments attracted more than 41,000 complaints, with broadcaster ITV reported to have demanded Morgan apologize on air, which he refused.
In the comment piece, Morgan said he explained to executives at ITV that his main concerns were a “disbelief” that a senior member of the Royal household told Meghan told she could not have any help because “it would be a bad look for the family.”
Morgan also suggested that Meghan has not received as much negative press as other members of the Royal Family and that she is not a “brave victim” who is finally finding her “silenced” voice.
“Meghan’s had no worse media treatment than other Royal brides such as Diana, Fergie, Kate, Camilla or even that other Monarchy-rattling American divorcee, Wallis Simpson,” he said,
“But she’s the first to claim negative press has been motivated by racism, and it’s a very dangerous charge to make with so little to back it up.”
Morgan described how he and his family received death threats during the intense criticism he attracted in the days after the interview aired.
“My three sons told me they too are all being targeted, and sent me screenshots of venomous abuse and threats of violence towards them, which made my stomach churn, especially as police are already investigating a death threat made to me and my eldest boy Spencer last month.”
Quitting TV role
Morgan also discussed his walkout from Good Morning Britain after he was criticized on air for his continuing attacks on Meghan by his colleague Alex Beresford, with the weather presenter since taking over his role as presenter on the show.
“I don’t mind outside guests trying to make a name for themselves by whacking me like this, but I wasn’t going to sit there and take it from one of my own team, especially someone who I’ve gone out of my way to help whenever he’s asked me for advice about his career,” Morgan said.
“I knew it wasn’t a good look, the great snowflake-basher running away from confrontation. And on reflection, I shouldn’t have done it.”
Morgan also said that talked with Beresford later told him that he doesn’t feel that he is racist, which Morgan said “was like saying: ‘I don’t think you beat your wife.'”
Support from Donald Trump
Morgan claimed in the piece that Trump’s former adviser, Jason Miller, revealed that the former president defended him, claiming Trump said: “If you say anything negative about Meghan Markle you get cancelled” and that Trump is on “team Piers.”
“I’m not sure how helpful this late addition to my defense squad is,” Morgan added
Morgan defended his friend Sharon Osbourne, who left The Talk after she clashed with fellow presenter Sheryl Underwood over Morgan’s comments about the interview.
During a March 10 broadcast, Osbourne asked Underwood, who is Black, to give her specific examples of what Morgan said about Meghan that was racist.
Underwood said there were no “exact words of racism” but that “the implication and the reaction to it” about Morgan’s continued attacks on Meghan were the issue. CBS confirmed on Saturday that Osbourne has now left the show.
“Disgracefully, Sharon was bullied into making a grovelling public apology the following day for getting angry with Underwood, but of course, this hasn’t placated her woke tormentors from continuing to tear her to pieces,” said Morgan.
“This new woke tyranny is as illiberal and dangerous as the fascism it professes to despise,” Morgan said.
Ending his piece, Morgan said that he does not believe that he is a victim and that the past few weeks have even been “one of the most exciting and affirmative periods” of his life.
“But if our rights to free speech are denied, then democracy as we know it will die. It’s time to cancel the cancel culture before it kills our culture.”
The Duke and Duchess’ Archewell Foundation have been contacted for comment.
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