Meghan Markle news latest – Piers Morgan SAVAGES 'Princess Pinocchio' again as he wins huge Ofcom battle over GMB rant

PIERS Morgan has WON his Ofcom complaint against Meghan Markle in the row which led to him quitting Good Morning Britain.

The media watchdog confirmed Piers, 56, was simply giving his opinions on the couple's bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, before he stormed off set live on air following publicly criticism from a co-presenter.

Meghan and Harry personally lodged a direct complaint against Piers to ITV and Ofcom against his outburst and Piers left the ITV show as a result.

The rant also triggered the most public complaints to the regulator in a decade – with more than 57,000 lodged against him.

But in a huge win for freedom of speech, Ofcom today said that restricting Piers Morgan's strong views would be an "unwarranted and chilling restriction on freedom of expression."

And the regulator ruled that the broadcaster was indeed "entitled" to say he disbelieved Meghan and Harry's allegations made during their interview with Oprah in March.

Read our Meghan Markle live blog for the latest updates…

  • Milica Cosic

    WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED: PIERS MORGAN HAILS FREE SPEECH FOLLOWING MEGHAN MARKLE GMB ROW

    • Piers Morgan hails ‘watershed moment’ for free speech over Meghan Markle GMB row
    • ‘I still don’t believe her,’ says Piers after Ofcom verdict
    • Royal commentator Robert Jobson calls the watchdog ruling ‘a victory for common sense and free speech’
    • Piers says he is ‘delighted’ at the ‘resounding victory for free speech’
    • Good Morning Britain was not in breach the broadcasting code, Ofcom rules
    • Piers Morgan claims ‘nauseating’ Meghan Markle ‘played the maternity card’ when she complained to Ofcom
    • Royal expert Angela Levin hailed it a ‘marvellous result from Ofcom’
    • The former GMB presenter jokes: ‘Do I get my job back?’

    PIERS MORGAN ASKS ‘DO I GET MY JOB BACK?’ OVER ‘PRINCESS PINOCCHIO’ MEGHAN MARKLE’S ‘CHILLING’ ATTACK ON FREE SPEECH

    The media watchdog confirmed Piers WAS within his rights to give his opinions during the heated debate back in March.

    Posting after the ruling today, Piers, 56, shared a picture of him and former co-host Susanna Reid on the ITV morning show.

    He wrote: "I’m delighted OFCOM has endorsed my right to disbelieve the Duke & Duchess of Sussex’s incendiary claims to Oprah Winfrey, many of which have proven to be untrue.

    "This is a resounding victory for free speech and a resounding defeat for Princess Pinocchios. Do I get my job back?"

    Ofcom, which regulates TV shows, ruled today that Piers was allowed to air his own opinions on the show.

    A MAJOR WIN FOR FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

    After Piers voiced his concerns that Meghan and Harry were dishonest in their Oprah chat, a string of other claims they made were also proven to be false.

    Ofcom said that it is: "clear that, consistent with freedom of expression, Mr Morgan was entitled to say he disbelieved the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's allegations and to hold and express strong views that rigorously challenged their account.

    "The Code allows for individuals to express strongly held and robustly argued views, including those that are potentially harmful or highly offensive, and for broadcasters to include these in their programming.

    "The restriction of such views would, in our view, be an unwarranted and chilling restriction on freedom of expression both of the broadcaster and audience."

    • Milica Cosic

      ITV'S STATEMENT ON PIERS' INVESTIGATION IN THE WAKE OF OPRAH WINFREY’S INTERVIEW WITH THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF SUSSEX

      After careful consideration, the broadcaster found the programme, nor Piers Morgan, was not in breach of our broadcasting rules.

      The full decision is available here, and part of the statement, given by an Ofcom spokesperson reads: “This was a finely-balanced decision. Mr Morgan’s comments were potentially harmful and offensive to viewers, and we recognise the strong public reaction to them. But we also took full account of freedom of expression. Under our rules, broadcasters can include controversial opinions as part of legitimate debate in the public interest, and the strong challenge to Mr Morgan from other contributors provided important context for viewers.

      “Nonetheless, we’ve reminded ITV to take greater care around content discussing mental health and suicide in future. ITV might consider the use of timely warnings or signposting of support services to ensure viewers are properly protected.”

    • Milica Cosic

      PRINCE ANDREW STILL A PERSON OF INTEREST IN US EPSTEIN PROBE

      Andrew, 61, has resisted approaches to cooperate with a criminal investigation into dead billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein and his alleged co-conspirators.

      US prosecutors — who are unravelling Epstein’s sprawling underage sex trafficking operation — accused Andrew of “zero cooperation” last year.

      News agency Reuters reported earlier this month that Andrew was a “person of interest” in the Epstein probe — led by the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. He is being considered “at least” a witness.

      As part of their investigation, Epstein’s alleged madam, Brit socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, 59, has been charged with procuring girls for her former lover.

      The Duke also faces a civil lawsuit from sex slave Virginia Giuffre in the US, over allegations he sexually assaulted her. He has vehemently denied the claims in the past.

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      HAND US ANDY

      BRITAIN faces increased pressure from the US to hand over Prince Andrew for questioning over sex abuse claims.

      President Biden’s office made a rare statement amid claims of frustration over the Duke of York’s stonewalling.

      Officials want the UK to reaffirm its “close and resilient” evidence-sharing relationship. The Department of Justice sent a mutual legal assistance request to the Home Office last year to try to force Andrew’s cooperation.

      Following enquiries about the Duke, a US government official said: “The US and the UK have a close, productive and resilient law enforcement and mutual legal assistance relationship.

      “We remain in close contact on many active cases on a daily basis and will continue to seek assistance in criminal matters as we provide similar assistance in return.”

      Andrew, 61, has resisted approaches to cooperate with a criminal investigation into dead billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein and his alleged co-conspirators Credit: Newspix
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      HARRY COMPARED TO EDWARD VIII AFTER HE FADED OUT OF PUBLIC VIEW – AND WROTE AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY

      In an interview with Fox News, Mr Bullen listed some of the similarities between Harry and Edward.

      Edward, who abdicated in 1936 to marry American divorcee and socialite Wallis, wrote a ghost-written autobiography after he was cut off with no source of income.

      Book A King’s Story: Memoirs of the Duke of Windsor was published in 1951, and included detail about the royal split and his relationship with Wallis.

      Harry is currently writing his own memoirs after signing a £29million four-book mega-deal.

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      ROYALS WERE ‘QUIETLY PLEASED’ MEGHAN MARKLE DIDN’T ATTEND PHILIP’S FUNERAL AS THEY ‘DIDN’T WANT A CIRCUS’, FRIEND CLAIMS

      The Duchess of Sussex, 39, was unable to attend the service in Windsor Castle in April as she was pregnant with daughter Lilibet Diana at the time.

      But a new chapter in explosive book Finding Freedom claims some royals were happy as they “didn’t want a circus”, the Independent reports.

      Authors Carolyn Durand and Omid Scobie, who is a friend and spokesperson for Meghan, also quote a senior source who claims the family feared she would “create a spectacle”.

      Prince Harry attended his grandfather’s funeral after making the 5,400-mile journey from his and Meghan’s lavish home in California.

      But it was reported at the time that doctors had advised Meghan to stay behind because of her pregnancy.

      The updated version of Finding Freedom also explores Harry and Meghan’s “heartbreak” over Philip’s death aged 99.

      Read more here.

    • Milica Cosic

      PIERS REACTS TO BEING CLEARED BY OFCOM ON TWITTER

      Piers Morgan took to Twitter to express his joy of being cleared after the explosive rant about Meghan Markle, which ultimately left him sacked by GMB.

      Sharing a snippet of the breaking news on Twitter, he simply captioned the post with a cool face emoji.

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      PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN MARKLE TO ‘LAUNCH MORE PERSONAL ATTACKS ON CHARLES AND WILLS SPARKING DEEPER RIFT’, WARN EXPERTS

      A new epilogue in Finding Freedom yesterday hinted that Meghan, 40, and Harry, 36, would open up more about their "journey towards healing family relations" in the future.

      And Angela Levin says they could do so through Harry's tell-all memoir, due for release in the year of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

      "I'm sure (more personal attacks will come)," Ms Levin told The Sun Online.

      "I was told (the memoir) was going to be a lot about  Diana’s death and who he blames for it – which is obviously going to be Prince Charles and perhaps Camilla as well.

      "Even if it isn’t, he seems to want to continue to bash his father because he knows 1.) he won’t speak out, and 2.) he is much more sensitive than people realise."

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      TIMELINE OF PIERS MORGAN’S HISTORY WITH MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY

      Morgan’s feud with Meghan stems back to 2015, when the broadcaster says the now-Duchess “ghosted” him.

      2015

      • In 2015, the pair were friendly and followed each other on Twitter.

      2016

      • In 2016, the pair met for drinks in London at Piers’ favourite pub while Markle was in town.

      2018

      • In May of 2018, in the lead up to Harry and Meghan’s royal wedding, Morgan wrote of his sympathy towards for Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle, who would not be invited to the royal wedding amid the family drama that had ensued.

      2021

      • Fast forward to 2021, Piers' anger only grew when it was announced that Meghan and Harry would be doing a 2-hour long interview with Oprah.

      Read the timeline in full here.

      EXPLAINED: WHAT IS PIERS MORGAN FEUD WITH MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY?

      Over the years, Piers has criticised Meghan, repeatedly calling her “fake”, a “ruthless social climber” and accused her of using her marriage to “get to the top”.

      The media broadcaster has also described Prince Harry as hypocritical, accusing the Duke of “playing the victim”.

      It is long-running commentary that has seen Morgan accused of bullying, sexism, and racism.

      While the feud has remained one sided with the Duke and Duchess staying tight-lipped on Morgan’s take-downs, the pair have been vocal in their criticism of the media.

      PIERS MORGAN AND MEGHAN MARKLE FEUD EXPLAINED: WHAT’S HAPPENED BETWEEN THEM?

      The controversial TV personality is now celebrating after Ofcom ruled he wasn't in the wrong over comments about Meg on GMB that forced him to quit the show.

      The pair first got in contact after he followed her on Twitter and she messaged him saying she was a fan of his.

      The pair messaged for a while, and when Meghan visited the UK to watch Serena Williams at Wimbledon they met for a drink.

      Piers later revealed: "We had two hours in the pub, she had a couple of dirty martinis and pints – we got on brilliantly.

      "Then I put her in a cab, and it turns out it was the cab that took her to a party where she met Prince Harry.

      "The next night they had a solo dinner and that was the last I ever heard from Meghan Markle. I never heard from her again – Meghan Markle ghosted me."

      MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY WILL NEVER BE ‘POPULAR’ WITH THEIR ‘ENDLESS MOANING AND SELF-PITY’

      Angela Levin, who wrote Harry: Conversations with the Prince, made the comments after a poll showed that public opinion of the Sussexes had plummeted.

      Data taken from YouGov surveys show that the couple tumbled in the opinion polls straight after they swapped England for the US.

      It fell even further after Meghan and Harry spoke to Oprah Winfrey in their bombshell television interview.

      The Duke of Sussex alone has dropped 50 points in his U.K. approval rating – compared to the 81 percent satisfaction rate Brits gave him when he became engaged to Meghan.

      Levin wrote of the news on Twitter saying: “Moaning endlessly along with self pity when you live in a home with 16 bathrooms isn’t going to make you popular.”

      It comes after the couple considered naming the royal who voiced concerns about their son Archie’s skin colour, it is claimed.

      WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED: PIERS MORGAN HAILS FREE SPEECH FOLLOWING MEGHAN MARKLE GMB ROW

      • Piers Morgan hails 'watershed moment' for free speech over Meghan Markle GMB row
      • 'I still don't believe her,' says Piers after Ofcom verdict
      • Royal commentator Robert Jobson calls the watchdog ruling 'a victory for common sense and free speech'
      • Piers says he is 'delighted' at the 'resounding victory for free speech'
      • Good Morning Britain was not in breach the broadcasting code, Ofcom rules
      • Piers Morgan claims 'nauseating' Meghan Markle 'played the maternity card' when she complained to Ofcom
      • Royal expert Angela Levin hailed it a 'marvellous result from Ofcom'
      • The former GMB presenter jokes: 'Do I get my job back?'
      • Milica Cosic

        SARAH FERGUSON ‘IN TALKS’ TO MOVE INTO TV FOLLOWING RELEASE OF NEW NOVEL

        Sarah Ferguson, 61, has agreed a deal to develop and produce a TV version of her new novel ‘Her Heart for a Compass’.

        The raunchy period drama has been repackaged and pitched to major networks and streamers as a long running telly series.

        Insiders claim that Fergie is in “early talks” with dealmakers and production companies who’ve delivered shows to NBC, Disney stations and Netflix.

        Netflix handed a reported £100million to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for a content deal.

        Fergie has only penned one book so far, but insists that there are “several stories to be told”.

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        HARRY AND MEGHAN NEIGHBOURS COMPLAIN ABOUT STINK FROM A GIANT CANNABIS FARM CLOSE TO THEIR £11M MANSION

        MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry’s rich neighbours have been suffering from a royal stink – a huge cannabis factory.

        The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been living just minutes from a legal weed factory base in Santa Barbara, California.

        The couple’s £11million mansion is just up the road from the 20 large greenhouses full of the plants – leaving the luxury suburb reeking.

        Neighbours have now made a string of complaints, sparking the company to install new “odour control systems.”

        One resident complained that the stench was so bad that they had to pull over while driving along the road. The factory is less than a 10-minute drive from the Montecito mansion where the couple live with son Archie, two, and two month-old daughter Lilibet.

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        PIERS MORGAN ASKS ‘DO I GET MY JOB BACK?’ OVER ‘PRINCESS PINOCCHIO’ MEGHAN MARKLE’S ‘CHILLING’ ATTACK ON FREE SPEECH

        The media watchdog confirmed Piers WAS within his rights to give his opinions during the heated debate back in March.

        Posting after the ruling today, Piers, 56, shared a picture of him and former co-host Susanna Reid on the ITV morning show.

        He wrote: "I’m delighted OFCOM has endorsed my right to disbelieve the Duke & Duchess of Sussex’s incendiary claims to Oprah Winfrey, many of which have proven to be untrue.

        "This is a resounding victory for free speech and a resounding defeat for Princess Pinocchios. Do I get my job back?"

        Ofcom, which regulates TV shows, ruled today that Piers was allowed to air his own opinions on the show.

        Piers Morgan asked his former ITV bosses: 'Do I get my job back?' Credit: Rex Features
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        BREAKING: PIERS MORGAN HAILS ‘WATERSHED MOMENT’ FOR FREE SPEECH OVER MEGHAN MARKLE GMB ROW & INSISTS: ‘I STILL DON’T BELIEVE HER’

        The former presenter insisted today that he STILL doesn't believe claims made by the Duchess of Sussex after the media watchdog confirmed Piers didn't break broadcasting rules.

        Following the sensational win for free speech and expression, Piers Morgan wrote in the Daily Mail: "Make no mistake, this is a watershed moment in the battle for free speech.

        "None of the couple's most sensational and damaging statements about racism and mental health have yet been supported by a shred of evidence amid furious denials from the Royal Family. 

        "So, my observation that I didn't believe Meghan Markle is looking stronger by the day. And for the record, I still don't believe her."

        Read more.

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        QUEEN’S HELICOPTER GROUNDED DURING IN-FLIGHT EMERGENCY ON ITS WAY TO PICK UP PRINCESS ANNE

        THE Queen’s helicopter was grounded during an in-flight emergency on its way to pick up Princess Anne.

        The £5million Sikorsky S-76 suffered a technical fault minutes into the flight on Wednesday.

        Pilots aborted their 200-mile trip to Balmoral and returned to Newcastle Airport where mechanics were still repairing the fault 24 hours later.

        The executive twin-engined aircraft was heading to the estate in the Scottish Highlands, where the Queen is on holiday, to collect Anne, 71.

        An insider said: “A safety-first approach was taken and it was flown back immediately for the technical fault to be fixed. There were no members of the Royal Family on the helicopter. Luckily, there was plenty of time to find alternative travel arrangements.”

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        WHAT DID PIERS MORGAN SAY IN HIS RANT?

        Unleashing a furious rant on Good Morning Britain after Meghan and Harry's bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, Piers said: "I’m angry to the point of boiling over. I’m sickened by what I’ve just seen.

        "This is a two-hour 'trashathon' of our Royal Family, the monarchy and everything the Queen has worked hard for, done while Prince Philip lies in hospital.

        "They basically make out they are a bunch of white supremacists 
        by dropping a racist bombshell."

        This was not the only comment he made about the interview however.

        Read more here.

      • Milica Cosic

        PRINCE CHARLES WAS ‘ALWAYS CLOSER’ TO HARRY THAN WILLIAM, SAYS EXPERT

        A royal expert has claimed that Prince Charles is particularly devastated about the feud with his youngest son, which was sparked in earnest by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Oprah interview in March.

        Speaking on the True Royalty programme The Royal Beat, author Robert Jobson explained that the Queen’s son, 72, has had a difficult time coming to terms with his 36-year-old second child’s move to the US and his public criticism of the royals.

        The royal commentator, who co-wrote the 2002 book Diana: Closely Guarded Secret, said: “I think that he was closer to Harry and that’s why it’s hit him quite hard with what’s happened with Harry.”

        Jobson made the comment while discussing the late King George VI’s relationship with his youngest child, Princess Margaret.

        Referring to the Queen’s father, he said: “He had a deep affection for both his daughters and protected them, but he had a trust in the Queen – Princess Elizabeth – he felt that she was a solid character.”

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        A MAJOR WIN FOR FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

        After Piers voiced his concerns that Meghan and Harry were dishonest in their Oprah chat, a string of other claims they made were also proven to be false.

        Ofcom said that it is: "clear that, consistent with freedom of expression, Mr Morgan was entitled to say he disbelieved the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's allegations and to hold and express strong views that rigorously challenged their account.

        "The Code allows for individuals to express strongly held and robustly argued views, including those that are potentially harmful or highly offensive, and for broadcasters to include these in their programming.

        "The restriction of such views would, in our view, be an unwarranted and chilling restriction on freedom of expression both of the broadcaster and audience."

        Piers stormed off during a heated debate with Alex Beresford
      • Milica Cosic

        ITV'S STATEMENT ON PIERS' INVESTIGATION IN THE WAKE OF OPRAH WINFREY’S INTERVIEW WITH THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF SUSSEX

        After careful consideration, the broadcaster found the programme, nor Piers Morgan, was not in breach of our broadcasting rules.

        The full decision is available here, and part of the statement, given by an Ofcom spokesperson reads: “This was a finely-balanced decision. Mr Morgan’s comments were potentially harmful and offensive to viewers, and we recognise the strong public reaction to them. But we also took full account of freedom of expression. Under our rules, broadcasters can include controversial opinions as part of legitimate debate in the public interest, and the strong challenge to Mr Morgan from other contributors provided important context for viewers.

        “Nonetheless, we’ve reminded ITV to take greater care around content discussing mental health and suicide in future. ITV might consider the use of timely warnings or signposting of support services to ensure viewers are properly protected.”

      • Milica Cosic

        BREAKING: PIERS MORGAN WINS OFCOM COMPLAINT OVER MEGHAN MARKLE ROW THAT SAW HIM QUIT ITV

        The former presenter won the battle amid his long-standing feud with the Sussexes – with the media watchdog confirming Piers WAS entitled to give his opinions during the heated debate.

        But in a huge win for freedom of speech, Ofcom today said that restricting Piers Morgan's strong views would be an "unwarranted and chilling restriction on freedom of expression."

        And the regulator ruled that the broadcaster was indeed "entitled" to say he disbelieved Meghan and Harry's allegations made during their interview with Oprah in March.

        Read more here.

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