Piers Morgan slams Don Lemon for calling him ‘racist’ over comments on Meghan Markle: ‘I thought he was a friend’
Lemon, in a March 16 broadcast, had accused Morgan of committing an 'act of racism' by refusing to believe the Duchess of Sussex after her interview with Oprah Winfrey
In his recent interview with Tucker Carlson on Fox Nation, Fox News' streaming service, Piers Morgan not just fumed at Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, he also lashed out at Don Lemon, who he thought "was a friend". Lemon had branded Morgan a “racist” after he made not-so-pleasant remarks about the Duchess of Sussex after her interview with Oprah Winfrey on March 7.
Commenting on the tell-all interview of the Sussexes, the 56-year-old broadcaster had said he did not believe Meghan’s accusations that she was denied help from the Palace when she suffered depression and felt like killing herself while in the UK. Lemon later reacted to Morgan’s comment in a March 16 broadcast, where he accused him of committing an "act of racism" by refusing to believe the former actress.
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On Monday, April 5, when Carlson asked Morgan about the allegations put against him by the 55-year-old, he said: “I’ve seen Don Lemon at CNN - the guy who sits in my old office, who I thought was a friend - actually say on his show that I’d committed an act of racism. But disbelieving someone, that’s an act of racism?”
The former ‘Good Morning Britain’ co-host later stated, “That was really offensive to me. To see him actually say this on his show that what I'd done was an act of racism was really offensive to me. As someone who worked at CNN and gave it everything I had for four years, I would like Don Lemon to think again about what he said about me on air.”
He went on to ask Lemon to "be honest with himself", and verify if by “disbelieving Meghan - and despite the 17 different falsehoods that have not been revealed - that I still have to believe it or I'm racist.” "Really Don? You think that?” Morgan continued. “You remember me, Piers Morgan, the guy when Trayvon Martin was slayed, who did so much on air about that story? Did you see a racist there? Or did you see someone who passionately campaigned? I can't think of anything worse than being called a racist.”
Earlier in the interview, Carlson pressed Morgan on Meghan’s suicidal thoughts, to which he replied, “You're accusing two people in the palace of being unspeakably cruel simply to protect the brand of the Royal family, if that is true let's have the names of these people and let's go to them and ask them is this true. 'Did you tell a suicidal woman, who told you she was suicidal, not to get help?' - because I find that impossible to believe."
Morgan also cast doubt on Meghan’s claim that Archie was denied a prince title because of he's mixed race. He noted, “It's not just a sense of her lived experience being untrue, it is factually incorrect. That boy was never going to be a prince until Prince Charles, Harry's father, becomes king on the death of the Queen. And that's gonna happen whatever the skin color of Archie's mother, that's set-in-stone - it's been the case for 100 years. So for Meghan Markle to try and create a story that says that the decision to not make Archie the title of prince was based on his skin color is a lie.”