Piers Morgan blasts “contemptible” Harry and Meghan interview

Meghan Markle made a string of sensational allegations against the royal institution, touching on oppression, race and suicide in a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey broadcast on Sunday evening.

But top British broadcaster Piers Morgan has hit back, claiming: “I wouldn’t believe Meghan Markle if she gave me a weather report.”

“This interview is an absolutely disgraceful betrayal of the Queen and the Royal Family” said Morgan. “I expect all this vile destructive self-serving nonsense from Meghan Markle – but for Harry to let her take down his family and the Monarchy like this is shameful.”

He took aim at Prince Harry, alleging he “wants America and the rest of the world to hate his own family, hate the Monarchy and hate his country” before commenting on disputed bullying allegations against Meghan – warning the public to wait “for the victims of his wife’s rampage to have their say on her outlandish claims”.

Meghan denies the bullying allegations and they have not been proven, but Buckingham Palace are investigating the matter.

In the bombshell Oprah interview, the Duchess of Sussex alleged that she was “silenced” by a Royal Family who refused to protect her from the British press, a family that would lie to protect other members of the family but failed to help prevent a “character assassination” that led to her contemplating suicide.

She accused the Palace of refusing to get her treatment for her ill mental health “because it wouldn’t be good for the institution” and, despite numerous pleas for help, “nothing was ever done.”

Meghan also alleged that concerns had been expressed by senior members of the institution around the potential darkness of her child’s skin colour when pregnant with Archie, and she questioned why some senior members wanted to change the convention so that her son would not become a prince and receive the security package that is afforded to the title.

The interview began with Meghan discussing a “turning point” early in her marriage in relation to a media story where she was accused of making the Duchess of Cambridge cry over a dispute about flower girl dresses at her wedding.

Meghan insisted the truth was actually the reverse, Kate had made her cry, she apologised and bought her flowers. When asked if everyone knew the truth about what had actually happened she replied “everyone in the institution knew”.

When asked why no-one went on the record to correct the story, Meghan replied: “That’s a good question”.

She insisted that Kate is a “good person” and that she is sure Kate would have wanted the record corrected regarding the incident. She also made positive comments about the Queen, saying: “the Queen has always been wonderful to me. She has always been warm and inviting and welcoming.”

But some onlookers have questioned her authenticity. Morgan characterised the interview saying: “Prince Harry and his wife just spent two hours trashing everything the Queen stands for & has worked so hard to maintain, whilst pretending to support her. And they did it while her 99yr-old husband Philip is seriously ill in hospital. It’s contemptible.”

Morgan has been holding court on his ITV Good Morning Britain show all morning, warning on Twitter before the broadcast: “We’re going to need a longer show.”

He has clashed with co-host Susanna Reid but joined with a number of guests, including top US conservative Megyn Kelly, in criticising the duo for their seeming lack of tact and their apparent disconnect from the struggles of ordinary people who don’t share their immense wealth and privilege.