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ITV issue statement on Morgan’s royal remark

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Piers Morgan has forced ITV to release a statement after he made controversial comments following last night’s UK broadcast of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.

The programme, which premiered in America on Sunday evening, saw the royal couple discuss a number of topics including mental health.

Meghan told Oprah about a dark time she went through in 2018 when she “didn’t want to be alive anymore.”

She explained: “I said that I needed to go somewhere to get help. And I said that I’d never felt this way before. I need to go somewhere. And I was told that I couldn’t, because it wouldn’t be good for the institution.”

Ahead of the broadcast Piers Morgan shared his thoughts about the subject on Good Morning Britain.

On Monday’s morning show Morgan said: “I’m sorry, I don’t believe a word [Meghan Markle] says.

“I wouldn’t believe her if she read me a weather report, and the fact that she’s fired up this onslaught against our royal family, I think is contemptible.”

Following Piers’ comments Mind released a statement saying they were “in conversations” with ITV to discuss “Piers Morgan’s comments on not believing Meghan’s experiences about suicidal thoughts”.

The broadcaster said: “ITV is committed to mental health and wellbeing and working with our charity partners on Britain Get Talking, which is about encouraging people to talk about their mental health. It is very important that if anyone has suicidal thoughts that they should always speak out and be listened to.”

On today’s edition of Good Morning Britain, Tuesday March 9, Morgan said: “When we talked about this yesterday I said as an all-encompassing thing, ‘I don’t believe what Meghan Markle is saying generally in this interview’, and I still have serious concerns about the veracity of a lot of what she said.

He continued: “It’s not for me to question if she felt suicidal, I am not in her mind and that is for her to say. My real concern was a disbelief frankly and I’m prepared to be proven wrong on this and if I’m wrong it is a scandal that she went to a senior member of the Royal household and told them she was suicidal and was told she could not have any help because it would be a bad look for the family. If that is true a) that person should be fired and b) The Royal family have serious questions that need to be answered.

“But I would also throw into the mix, that Prince Harry himself belongs to the top of several mental health charities. It does raise the question to me – he has sought help himself, he has talked about that openly –why could he not in that eventuality have gone and got Meghan the help she needed, maybe via the charities he represents?”

ITV has revealed 12.4 million people watched the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle interview on Monday night.