Meghan Markle made a formal complaint to ITV following Piers Morgan’s incendiary comments about the duchess, the U.K.’s broadsheet newspapers have reported.
Both The Guardian and The Telegraph claim that a complaint was lodged on behalf of the royal after Monday’s episode of Good Morning Britain, in which Morgan repeatedly lashed out at Prince Harry and Markle over their revelations in the explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey. The growing furor over the former CNN host’s tirade, one that also saw him storm off set after being rebuked on-air by a colleague, would ultimately lead to him quitting the breakfast news show, with ITV making the announcement that he was standing down on Tuesday evening.
Among Morgan’s most controversial comments was that he didn’t believe Markle’s claims that she had felt suicidal and had reached out for support from Buckingham Palace, only for the request to be rejected. Morgan’s commentary sparked widespread condemnation, including from a mental health charity, and led to more than 41,000 complaints to regulator Ofcom.
“Who did you go to? What did they say to you? I’m sorry, I don’t believe a word she said, Meghan Markle,” he said. “I wouldn’t believe it if she read me a weather report.”
Both ITV and Prince Harry and Markle’s Archewell foundation said they wouldn’t comment on the complaint, although neither denied that it was made.