On Monday morning’s Good Morning Britain, host Piers Morgan said he didn’t believe the Duchess of Sussex when she told Oprah Winfrey she had suffered from suicidal ideation before she and Prince Harry relocated to Los Angeles.
The news presenter’s comments were immediately slammed online with people noting how damaging it is to people who are suffering from mental health conditions to see someone publicly accuse Markle of lying. The segment resulted in over 40,000 formal complaints and the resignation of Morgan.
Now, it has been revealed the Duchess was one of the thousands who voiced concern.
Markle reportedly filed a complaint to the broadcaster’s CEO raising concerns over Morgan’s wording towards mental health, the broadcaster’s Royal Editor Chris Ship revealed on Twitter.
So … the Duchess of Sussex formally filed a complaint to @ITV on Monday.
It’s thought to have been sent to the broadcaster’s CEO.
Meghan raised concerns about how @piersmorgan’s words affect the issue of mental health and what it might do to others contemplating suicide pic.twitter.com/rA09dOQ4GN
— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) March 10, 2021
Of Morgan’s departure, an ITV source told The Sun, “Piers was not going to back down. He was asked to make an apology but refused. He says he is entitled to his opinion and is always going to stand by it.”
They continued, “When he refused to apologise, there was a stand-off. And ultimately it ended with him telling producers he would not host the show anymore.”
Morgan’s exit from Good Morning Britain was announced by ITV in a statement: “Following discussions with ITV, Piers Morgan has decided now is the time to leave Good Morning Britain. ITV has accepted this decision and has nothing further to add.”
During her conversation with Winfrey, which aired in the U.S. on Sunday evening, Markle said after months of attacks from the British press, she began to have thoughts of suicide. “I just didn’t see a solution. I’d sit up at night, and I don’t understand how all of this is getting churned out,” she said.
Eventually, it became overwhelming enough that she confided in Prince Harry. “I was really ashamed to say it at the time and ashamed to have to admit it to Harry especially, because I know how much loss he’s suffered, but I knew that if I didn’t say it, that I would do it. I just didn’t want to be alive anymore. That was a very clear and real and frightening and constant thought.”
Following Morgan’s resignation, actress Jameela Jamil spoke out, saying she also suffered from suicidal ideation, directly because of the news presenter’s tirade against her.