British commentator Piers Morgan called Meghan Markle a “liar” and complained about the culture of abandonment in his first interview since leaving the set Good morning Great Britain last month when he faced a challenge from a co-host.
The British expert unloaded several attacks against Markle in a friendly, hour-long interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Monday.
“I was outraged. I wasn’t allowed to have an opinion that I didn’t believe what she was saying, even though I knew in real time when I saw the interview that there were a number of things that couldn’t be true. ” he said.
Carlson introduced Morgan as someone whose “freedom of speech” had been silenced, although it was reportedly Morgan who decided to leave his on-air job. He kept his job as a columnist for the tabloid Daily Mail and continued to argue (and often block) critics on Twitter.
“I was invited to leave because I won’t believe a liar,” said Morgan Carlson of his departure on the air.
Morgan left his ITV morning show in March after blowing up Markle for her and Prince Harry’s seated interview with Oprah Winfrey. Markle revealed during that conversation that during her time in the UK media spotlight she struggled with her sanity and suicidal thoughts – something Morgan claimed was a lie in the air before it collapsed.
On Monday, Morgan told Carlson that he stood by his comments and that he had “universal support” for them in the UK public. He also accused his departure of “breaking culture” – an issue that has become a common outrage among conservatives, including Carlson, in recent months. Carlson has often referred to the culture of demolition as a left-wing weapon, although examples of it routinely occur on both sides of the political spectrum.
“I’ve had plenty of time to go through the whole analysis of what she said and what Prince Harry said and I still don’t believe what they said,” Morgan told Carlson. He went on to say that many of their claims have been refuted without citing evidence and suggested that he was a victim of “bright liberals” who support Markle.
“Either you subscribe to their fake narrative or you have to be destroyed – it’s the purest personification of fascism,” Morgan said of Markle before turning to pocket his new book.
He also suggested simply being a journalist by questioning Markle’s narrative.
“I should be able to be a journalist and question these statements,” said Morgan. He ignored his comment last month when he suggested that he just don’t believe anything she says.
“I wouldn’t believe her if she read me a weather report,” Morgan said at the time.
Morgan admitted that he can’t prove that Markle lied about her mental health claims, but he suggested that she lied about asking royal family staff for help.
“She claims she went to see two members of the royal household – a senior aide and also the human resources department,” Morgan said. “I just find it impossible to believe that you would have two people in the palace who would be so numb to a woman if they told them she committed suicide.”
He went on to say that the couple lied about claims that someone from the royal family asked about their unborn son’s skin color.
Morgan also blamed Alex Beresford, the host who challenged him Good morning Great Britainto stage a “deliberate attack” on him.
“I was furious the moment he tried to personalize this so that I could have a personal revenge on Meghan Markle that I don’t,” Morgan told Carlson.
Beresford challenged Morgan last month after Morgan ranted for two days about Markle’s interview.
“I understand you don’t like Meghan Markle, you’ve made it so clear a few times in this program, and I understand that you have or had a personal relationship with Meghan Markle and she cut you off.” Beresford said at the time. “Has she said anything about you since she cut you off? I don’t think she has it, but you keep breaking her anyway. “
Morgan responded to that question by raising his hands and walking off the set. “OK, I’m done with this. Sorry, no I can’t,” he said at the time.
Morgan stated on Monday that he had been on set for a few minutes before realizing it was “stupid”.
“I shouldn’t have left. You should always be able to have a debate,” he said.
Despite claiming “universal support”, Morgan has faced severe setbacks in the UK and on social media. More than 50,000 complaints were filed against him last month for his tirades, and people continued to poke him on social media for his relentless criticism of Markle.
A popular video on Twitter shows how Morgan seemingly nurtured his grudge against Markle over time. The video, which has more than 5.7 million views, shows Morgan first praising Markle in an old interview before showing newer clips complaining about their relationship and then attacking them.
The Royal Family said it was “sad” about Harry and Markle’s allegations but also hinted at a difference in “memory”.
Carlson’s hour-long interview with Morgan aired on Fox Nation Monday. Carlson also shared some clips of his opinion show later that evening.