The Duchess of Sussex has complained to Ofcom about Piers Morgan’s comments about her in Good Morning Britain show, the UK broadcaster confirmed it.
In an ITV morning program on Monday, Morgan said he “doesn’t believe a word” Meghan told in her interview with Oprah Winfrey about the Royal Family life.
Duchess spoke of having suicidal thoughts and said she did not receive support.
More than 41,000 others also complained to Ofcom about Morgan, who left the program the next day.
An Ofcom spokeswoman said: “We can confirm receipt of a standards complaint made on behalf of the Duchess of Sussex.”
The watchdog has already launched an official investigation into Monday’s episode of Good Morning Britain. Duchess also reportedly complained directly to ITV.
In the program, Morgan used Meghan’s claim in an interview that her application to Buckingham Palace’s top management was denied, after she told Oprah that she had experienced suicidal thoughts.
‘I Don’t Believe A Word She Said’
“Who did you go to?” he said. “What did they say to you? I’m sorry, I don’t believe a word she said, Meghan Markle. I wouldn’t believe it if she read me a weather report.
“The fact that she’s fired up this onslaught against our Royal Family I think is contemptible.”
In Tuesday’s episode, Morgan briefly walked out of the studio after an argument with presenter Alex Beresford during the interview.
It was announced that night that the host Piers will be leaving permanently. Morgan stood his ground the next day, saying: “Freedom of speech is a hill I am happy to die for.”
Meghan And Prince Harry’s New Project
It was also announced on Friday that the Duke and Duchess have given donations to a new charity that aims to help young people from all walks of life get into journalism.
The PressPad Charitable Foundation has been set up to “improve social mobility” in the British media through bursaries, mentoring, networking and accommodation.
The Archewell Foundation of Duke and Duchess is among the first sponsors, but it is not known how much money the couple donated.
PressPad founder Olivia Crellin told BBC News that the charity helped the Sussex team “recently”.
“They just wanted to give a gift as a part of a couple of organisations that they are donating to,” she said. “They felt that our mission and our values aligned with theirs.”
Prince Harry told Oprah that the UK media was “stubborn” and created a “toxic” environment for “control and fear”.
The couple’s interview has sparked scrutiny of the media and the role race has played in its coverage of Meghan.
Meanwhile, Daily Mail and Mail Online owner Associated Newspapers is reported to have written to ViacomCBS, the makers of the interview, to complain that there was “deliberate distortion and doctoring” in a “misleading” montage of British newspaper headlines that was used in the programme.
Meghan recently won a High Court privacy case against Associated Newspapers over the publication of extracts from a letter to her father.