Piers Morgan slammed for using photoshopped image of Queen to promote new book: 'Disrespectful'
British TV presenter and journalist Piers Morgan, who became central to the Prince Harry-Meghan Markle controversy after making disparaging statements about the Duchess of Sussex has courted controversy once again. This time, for tweeting a photo of Elizabeth II, the Queen of the United Kingdom, and 15 other Commonwealth realms.
Morgan, on Saturday, tweeted an obviously photoshopped image of the British Queen reading his eleventh book ‘Wake Up: Why the World Has Gone Nuts’. “I don’t know who did this but I love it... and there has to be an outside chance Her Majesty has had a sneak peak, as I know other Royals like Camilla & Fergie have read it,” wrote Morgan on Twitter.
🤣🤣🤣I don’t know who did this but I love it.... and there has to be an outside chance Her Majesty has had a sneak peak, as I know other Royals like Camilla & Fergie have read it.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 13, 2021
If you haven’t yet, and you care about free speech, get your order in! Link in bio. #WakeUp pic.twitter.com/iFYgiypxck
Benjamin Butterworth of iNews reported on the book, calling it a “cherry-picked attack on ‘woke’ culture”. Butterworth wrote of the book: “The book is in diary form, running from January to July, as he sheds his views on every apparent incarnation of the ‘woke brigade’ trying to dismantle and attack all that is good about Britain. The book changes course a third of the way in, as the coronavirus pandemic hits and -- for a few months at least -- people stop arguing about vegan sausage rolls and whether chess is racist.”
‘Wake Up: Why the World Has Gone Nuts’, Butterworth noted, “is distinctly tabloid: it cherry-picks news stories that supposedly support Morgan’s thesis of a nation shut down by raging, controlling millennial ‘wokies’.”
But it’s not the book that’s so much the problem as Morgan’s supposed hypocrisy in tweeting this. Many on the internet pointed out that while he had criticized Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s interview as “disgraceful betrayal of the Queen and the Royal Family,” he seemed to find it okay to use the Queen’s photo for self-promotion.
“So damaging our royal Family in a tv interview is bad, but using them to flog your books is ok,” wrote a Twitter user. “Disrespectful to the queen. Can’t believe you shared this when her 99 year old husband lies on hospital,” wrote another Twitter user. This was in reference to Morgan’s earlier comments on Meghan Markle: "I think the damage she has done to the British monarchy and to the queen, at a time when Prince Philip is lying in hospital, is enormous and frankly contemptible."
So damaging our Royal Family in a tv interview is bad, but using them to flog your books is ok....— Phil Helliwell (@DrHelliwell) March 13, 2021
how dare you post this of her majesty wHEn HER HuSbaND iS IN HOspiTAl https://t.co/e8c2EKEvEY— liam (@yourboyeld) March 13, 2021
Disrespectful to the queen. Can’t believe you shared this when her 99 year old husband lies on hospital https://t.co/GRnB1XyqNT— mozza (@bigtonymorrison) March 13, 2021
Morgan left everyone shocked with his dramatic departure from ‘Good Morning Britain’ after he refused to apologize to Meghan Markle on March 9. He had earlier stormed off set after his co-host Alex Beresford confronted him for his remarks on Markle.
Morgan, later in the week, took to social media to speak out against the hosts of CBS's 'The Talk' for "shaming & bullying" fellow host Sharon Osborne, and to demand an apology for "disgraceful slurs" against him.
Reports suggested that a formal complaint was lodged with ITV on behalf of the Duchess of Sussex, against Morgan after his Monday morning broadcast on ‘Good Morning Britain’. He made several distasteful comments about Markle on TV after her tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey. Morgan's comments reportedly triggered more than 41,000 complaints to Britain's media regulator, Ofcom, which announced an investigation under its “harm and offense” rules.