Piers Morgan says royal family expressed 'gratitude' after he slammed Meghan Markle and 'stood up for them'
Piers Morgan on Tuesday said that he has received messages on behalf of members of the Royal Family, who expressed "gratitude someone was standing up for them" in the wake of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Oprah Winfrey interview.
The British broadcaster revealed this when he was asked by Extra's Billy Bush if anyone from the Royal Family had reached out following the couple's interview last month. "I've had some messages communicated to me on behalf on several members of the Royal Family," Morgan said, in an interview with Bush which is set to air on Tuesday night.
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Morgan did not say if it was senior members of the monarchy who had communicated the messages, saying: "I'm not going to go into who it was... but gratitude that somebody was standing up."
'I remain resolutely uncanceled'
In wake of the Oprah interview with the Sussexes on March 7, Morgan left his British breakfast TV show 'Good Morning Britain' two days later following his on-air comments about Meghan Markle, where he had said that he didn't believe a word of the Duchess' interview and criticized her for insinuating that the Royal Family was racist.
"There's been an attempt to cancel me. There've been many attempts like this before, and somehow I remain resolutely uncanceled," Morgan said to Bush, according to the Daily Mail. Speaking about his departure from from the show, he said: "In the end, I was required to apologize for disbelieving Meghan Markle, who I don't believe - and I believe, which is ironic, that you should not believe somebody if you don't want to."
On March 10, he learned that Meghan had contacted the boss of the ITV network, Morgan's former employer, and made a formal complaint against him, an incident which he was unaware of until after he left. "It was certainly a very interesting revelation from where I sit, because clearly she was trying to put huge pressure on my bosses to take action against me," Morgan said. The network went on to receive 57,000 complaints about Morgan following his comments on Meghan, which he said came from an "online mob" that made death threats against his family, including his three sons. He said: "The idea my sons had to be targeted by so-called liberals in a way that was threatening to them, abusive to them is completely disgusting," he said.
On being asked, given the chance, what he would say to Meghan now, Morgan said he would sit her down for an interview and ask her some"difficult questions". "I would say to Meghan Markle, 'Look… sit down with me with your husband for an equally long interview… and let me ask you more difficult questions about all your claims," Morgan said. "But let me ask you a wider question, which is this: If you hate the royal family that much, why do you keep your royal titles? Why would you do that if it's just not to make millions and millions of dollars?"
'Cancel culture before it kills our culture'
The Royal Family aren't the only ones expressing their gratitude. Morgan's appearance on Extra comes he gave Tucker Carlson on Fox News his first TV interview since leaving 'Good Morning Britain', according to The Guardian. In the interview, he told Carlson that he is being backed by a majority of the British public. “Old, young, black, white, it didn’t matter. They’ve been coming up to me in their droves all day every day,” he said.
Morgan has spoken about cancel culture earlier too. Writing for the first time since his exit from 'Good Morning Britain', he then quoted former Prime Minister Winston Churchill, saying, "Some people's idea of it [free speech] is that they are free to say what they like but if anyone else says anything back, that is an outrage." In his Daily Mail article, he clarified his stance, saying that he's not a victim and he hasn't been canceled. He said that in many ways this has been one of the "most exciting and affirmative periods" of his life, adding that if the right to free speech is denied, democracy will die.
"It's time to cancel the cancel culture before it kills our culture," he concluded.