Meghan McCain rubbishes Meghan Markle's claim she doesn't follow the press: 'She complained against Piers Morgan'
Meghan McCain has taken a stance similar to that of British news host Piers Morgan regarding claims made by Meghan Markle in her interview with Oprah Winfrey. McCain has, however, not questioned Markle's revelation that she had 'suicidal thoughts' when she was pregnant with Archie.
Instead, 'The View' co-host found discrepancies in Markle's claims that she had not read newspaper reports about herself. McCain rubbished the Duchess of Sussex's claims and said that Markle's version of events had a discrepancy because she was definitely paying attention to her publicity and coverage in the media.
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She said on the talk show, "Meghan Markle herself put in a formal complaint against Piers Morgan." She then added, "The only thing I have to say about that is Meghan Markle said in her interview, the only thing that I questioned, she said she didn’t read her press." McCain further explained, "She’s clearly paying attention to her publicity if she’s putting in a formal complaint."
She then added, "I am also a free speech advocate, I am an opinion host with very controversial opinions. And it’s a foreign and Wild West concept that you can have an opinion and be cancelled for it." She then stated, "But I do think when you’re talking about decorum, of kindness and of mental health - there was huge outrage with over 40,000 complaints given to Good Morning Britain (regarding Morgan)."
She admitted that this was tricky and said, "This is a really tricky one for me because any kind of censorship makes me uncomfortable. I think anyone who makes their living off giving their opinions, especially when they’re not popular, feels that way. That being said it’s cruel and unkind to second guess someone who is being very open about their mental health issues."
The 55-year-old morning show, Morgan, host left the presenting gig after being called out by his colleague Alex Beresford over a segment where he said he didn't believe Meghan's claims that she felt suicidal while pregnant with her son Archie over negative press coverage. Among other things, he also said that Markle and Prince Harry are working on a "deliberate and malicious campaign" to ruin the reputation of the royal family as a "bunch of heartless racists".
Despite heavy backlash and the 40,000 complaints received regarding his comments, Morgan has maintained that "freedom of speech is a hill I'm happy to die on." Markle has filed an official complaint with ITV directly over Morgan's comments. Royal editor of ITV Chris Ship said, "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 Piers Morgan's words affect the issue of mental health and what it might do to others contemplating suicide."