Meghan Markle and Harry labelled ‘ginge and cringe’ by Morgan
Prince Harry and Meghan announced their departure from senior roles within the Royal Family nearly a year ago. Their decision, which initially drew criticism, has been supported by some members of the public in the wake of the royal couple brokering deals to become financially self-sufficient. This has led to reports that the Queen felt there was no need to conduct the planned 12-month review of their arrangement.
While the monarch and other royals are said to be happy with the arrangement, one regular critic is Mr Morgan.
The ITV star has regularly launched into seething rants about Harry and Meghan’s decision to carve out new roles for themselves outside of The Firm.
Earlier this month, he referred to the couple as “ginge and cringe” on Good Morning Britain – a remark that led some viewers to call out the presenter.
This followed a series of tirades about Harry and Meghan in his book, Wake Up: Why The World has Gone Nuts, which was released in October.
In one furious outburst, he accused the Queen’s grandson of “abandoning his family and country” for a “vacuous new life of pampered self-indulgence”.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have regularly come under fire from Piers Morgan
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The remark came after the royal couple issued a statement banning four British newspapers from access to their life while continuing to post on social media.
Mr Morgan commented that Harry and Meghan had moved to a part of California, which he referred to as “the paparazzi epicentre of the world”.
He particularly took affront to the couple’s demand for privacy to protect their son Archie Harrison while also posting a video of him online.
The former newspaper editor wrote: “Yet, we’re supposed to think this is all some whipped-up hysteria by the media.
“I won’t take such ill-informed lectures from a massively privileged man…”
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The TV star continued to lambast the couple on Twitter, including in one post from June where he wrote: “People say I’m too critical of Meghan Markle.
“But she ditched her family, ditched her Dad, ditched most of her old friends, split Harry from William [and] has now split him from the Royal Family. I rest my case.”
In another instance, Mr Morgan came under fire when he posted a private message Meghan sent to him after he followed her on Twitter in 2015.
She wrote: “Why hello there – thanks for the follow. Big fan of yours!”
Mr Morgan shared the message, which he took a screenshot of, with his own twist on the situation in January last year.
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He tweeted: “In happier times… when Meghan first slid into my DMs. Think it’s fair to say she’s probably not such a ‘big fan’ of mine now.”
In May, Mr Morgan seemed to backtrack on his harsh words about the royal couple during an interview with day Times.
Journalist Decca Aitkenhead told the journalist that “his vendetta” against Meghan was an act of “revenge”.
She wrote this was because of “her dropping their modest friendship after meeting Harry”.
Ms Aitkenhead commented that the remark “diminished” Mr Morgan and “made him look ugly”, and asked in hindsight whether he wished he had “dialled any of it down”.
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He replied: “Yeah, probably. I think that’s a perfectly fair criticism. It’s probably not wise, if you’re a columnist, to make things too personal.
“Have I taken things a bit too far? Probably. Do I think that will govern and temper how I talk about them going forward? Absolutely.”
Mr Morgan that the coronavirus lockdown taught him that it was time to end his petty feuds with public figures and focus on making real change through journalism.
He said: “It’s the stuff that is substantial, particularly when people’s lives are at stake, that seems to galvanise my personality into the best possible place.
“And it’s times of relative peace, calm, quiet and dare I say boredom that might occasionally bring out the worst in me.
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“Having squabbles with people who are never going to change their mind in a million years about stuff that no longer seems remotely important.”
Despite this, Mr Morgan has continued to take swipes at Harry and Meghan, including earlier this month.
He urged the Queen to strip them of their titles for featuring their one-year-old son on their Spotify podcast series Archewell Audio last month.
He said: “When Ginge and Cringe did their new podcast – that’s their new nicknames because he’s got ginger hair and she makes me cringe – and little Archie was brought in to flog it, did that not make you [cringe]?”
He accused them of backtracking on their comments about “leaving the country to protect his privacy” and then “using him to flog” their podcast.
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Mr Morgan felt they were “still fleecing the Royal Family for money” despite securing a deal with Netflix and Spotify, reportedly worth $112million (£81million) and $40million (£29million) respectively.
He continued: “It all comes down to the same thing, would Spotify have given them two quid for this podcast if they weren’t the Duke and Duchess of Sussex?
“They wouldn’t have the profile if they weren’t members of the Royal Family.
“It is completely inappropriate for members of the Royal Family to fleece commercial entities in this way… Spotify, Netflix, coffee companies.. they’re out there.
“Why don’t we see how popular they are when they are just good old Megs and Harry, Ginge and Cringe – they are making a mockery of the Royal Family system.”
Piers Morgan’s memoir Wake Up: Why the World Has Gone Nuts was published by HarperCollins in October. It is available here.