Piers Morgan criticises Meghan and Harry over Oprah interview
Meghan and Prince Harry’s desire for privacy has been compared to Greta Garbo’s request to the media to be left alone and outside of the limelight by ITV host Mr Morgan. In a scorching opinion piece, Mr Morgan attacked the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who he claims “want to have their privacy cake and eat it”.
Mr Morgan said Ms Garbo “shunned interviews, stopped attending premieres and awards shows, refused to sign autographs, and didn’t even respond to fan mail” in her search for privacy – which eventually worked.
Meghan and Harry, Mr Morgan continued, stepped down as senior royals and relocated to California to gain more freedom from the public eye and press scrutiny.
However, Mr Morgan added: “They can lead exactly the lives they want. They’re free!
“But it turns out that being left alone is the very last thing Meghan and Harry wanted.”
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been criticised by Piers Morgan
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry now live in California
After a few weeks of silence in the immediate aftermath of Megxit at the end of March 2020, Mr Morgan said Meghan and Harry issued a flurry of announcement throughout last year regarding their new lucrative deals, charity work or personal news.
Mr Morgan recalled the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were photographed paying tribute to the fallen on Remembrance Sunday at a cemetery in Los Angeles and have recently issued an intimate picture of themselves to announce they are expecting a second baby.
He continued: “Amid all this endless self-promotion, they’ve been engaged in a furious indignant war against news organisations, especially the British press, complaining about intrusion and inaccuracy, and filing lawsuits to protect their privacy.
“I’ve watched all this with increasing disdain and repeatedly ridiculed their obvious double standards and extraordinarily arrogant desire to want to have their privacy cake and eat it as they exploit their royal status for huge financial gain.”
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Prince Harry speaking to James Corden during the Late Late Show
Last Friday, US broadcaster CBS released a 17-minute long episode of The Late Late Show with James Corden, which marked Prince Harry’s first TV appearance since he stepped down as a full-time working royal.
Speaking to his friend and TV host, the Duke shared personal moments about his family, including his son Archie’s first world – “crocodile” – and the present he received from the Queen over Christmas.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been particularly careful with the amount of news and pictures of their son they have put out since he was born on May 6 2019.
The couple introduced Archie to the world two days after his birth with a photocall held within the walls of Windsor Castle rather than by stepping out of the hospital with him.
Prince Harry mentioned Princess Diana during his interview with Oprah
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry: CBS teases Oprah interview
Meghan touched upon motherhood, her arrival in the Royal Family and more during the interview
They also never revealed his godparents and have shared only a handful of snaps portraying the toddler – including an artistic rendition of a photograph taken before Christmas by Doria Ragland.
Mr Morgan, critical of Harry’s decision to take part in the late show, said: “On what planet does the latter think he’s on that permits him to continue pleading for privacy when he’s spilling his guts about his family on a bus tour of Beverly Hills?”
On Sunday at 8pm ET (March 8 at 1am GMT) Prince Harry and Meghan will further open up in an exclusive joint interview with Oprah Winfrey.
And, according to two teasers released earlier today, Oprah was given the freedom to touch upon any topic she wanted.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have stepped down as senior royals
In one clip, Oprah says: “I just want to make it clear to everybody that there is no subject that is off-limits.”
The TV host also asks Meghan, whose reply has not been included in the teaser, “were you silent or were you silenced?”
The interview is set to last two hours and to be split between a face-to-face chat between Meghan and Oprah before the pair is joined by the Duke of Sussex.
Oprah Winfrey said nothing has been deemed off limits during the interview with Meghan and Harry
While some royal watchers believe the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s plea for privacy can’t cohabit with their public appearances and interviews, others think there isn’t a clash.
Royal biographer Omid Scobie said on Friday, following the release of The Late Late Show’s episode with Harry: “I don’t know how many times this needs to be said but seeing as it comes up in my mentions every day, let’s do this again:
“Privacy means freedom from unauthorised intrusion.
“It is the right to choose what you share with others and what you don’t. That’s it!”