Piers Morgan playfully thanks Meghan Markle as he accepts latest accolade

Mar 10, 2023
While expressing thanks for the 'Scoop of the Year' award, Morgan took a playful jab at Markle. Source: Getty Images.

Controversial British broadcaster Piers Morgan has once again made headlines following comments he made about Meghan Markle during a recent acceptance speech at the Sports Journalism Awards on Monday, March 7.

While thanking those who had helped him secure the ‘Scoop of the Year’ award, Morgan took a playful jab at Markle, thanking her for her role in his latest accolade.

“I would also like to thank Meghan Markle without whom there wouldn’t be a TalkTV Piers Morgan Uncensored. Thank you Meghan,” he said.

The comment was reportedly met with groans and other audible signs of unease from those in attendance, according to the Independent.

Morgan received the award for his interview with soccer legend Cristiano Ronaldo.

Morgan has never shied away from taking the former royal to task any chance he gets, even attacking her during the Queen’s funeral. 

The tirade in question came during his live commentary of the Queen’s state funeral on Monday, September 19, 2022, with the controversial media personality wasting no time in tearing into Markle and her husband Prince Harry as they arrived for Her Majesty’s funeral.

The fact that Prince Harry was mourning his grandmother, and Markle her grandmother-in-law, did little to soften Morgan’s vitriol as he accused the pair of “attacking the Royal Family and the monarchy”.

“She did [the Oprah interview] right after Prince Philip was taken into hospital, knowing that none of them were able to respond because none of them respond to this kind of thing,” he said.

“The last two years of the Queen’s life were constantly having to deal with these two going public attacking the Royal Family and the monarchy.

“When I see her at all these events this week, I think a lot of British people find it very hard to stomach because they think, well, you made the Queen’s life so difficult the last two years of her life.”

Morgan’s very public displeasure with Markle seemingly began in March 2021, when he departed from his hosting role on Good Morning Britain at ITV after delivering a scathing rant aimed at Markle following her interview with Oprah Winfrey where she discussed her mental health struggles.

On air, Morgan declared that he did not believe anything Markle said and even went as far as to say that he would not trust her to read a weather report. Following his comments, Morgan walked off set after being confronted by Alex Beresford, a fellow journalist, who criticised Morgan’s comments as “diabolical”.

During the confrontation, Alex suggested that Morgan’s negative views towards Markle likely stemmed from a possible personal relationship between the two, which ended when she cut him off. Despite Alex’s criticism, Piers initially refused to resign from his position, which he had held for six years. However, in the days following the episode, ITV announced that Morgan had ultimately resigned from the show.

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