Piers Morgan isn’t holding back on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
On Wednesday’s “Good Morning Britain”, Morgan and his co-hosts discussed the lawsuit launched by the Duchess of Sussex and her husband against the Mail on Sunday over its publication of allegedly private letters.
Harry also issued a statement to the press saying that he and Markle have been subjected to “relentless propaganda,” adding that his “deepest fear is history repeating itself,” in reference to the death of his mother Diana, which some believe was caused by paparazzi harassment.
“I think comparing Meghan to Diana is a mistake,” Morgan responded. “Harry talks about Diana and of course everyone knows the history there and of course everybody felt for him, but he’s not the only person who’s lost a parent.”
The host continued, getting heated, “If he’s going to be this vicious about the press collectively he’s got to be entitled to be scrutinized for what he’s actually saying.”
Morgan then talked about Diana’s death and the circumstances surrounding the tragedy.
“Let’s be quite clear, Princess Diana was killed by a speeding drunk driver, she wasn’t killed by the British press. I was a newspaper editor at the time and I feel quite strongly about this… this idea that the press were all personally culpable for what happened to her,” he said.
“I knew Diana well, I did lots of stuff with Diana, she colluded with the press very regularly, she set up photo situations with the press, she jumped into cars with reporters and gave them her version of stories many, many times,” he continued. “Diana was absolutely playing with the press and then ranting against the press. He (Harry) has just gone completely rogue, it’s highly emotional, highly over the top and I think it’s going to backfire.”
The TV host also criticized Harry and Markle for the tenor of the statement.
“This is the kind of statement you would expect from a Hollywood star. The kind of very emotional, anti-press tirade… you don’t expect it from a member of the Royal Family,” he said. “I don’t think this is the real Harry, I think he is being goaded into this by Meghan, who wants to be seeing only good press about herself. It’s not the way it works. He doesn’t want freedom of the press. He wants the press to be what he wants it to be.”
Later, on Twitter, Morgan responded to critics of his rant.