Piers leaves GMB over mental health dig

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Ofcom has received over 41,000 complaints over Piers Morgan comments about Meghan Markle claiming she suffered suicidal thoughts during her time living in the UK under the Royal Family and was not allowed to seek professional support.

Meghan discussed her mental health during an interview with Oprah Winfrey, shown on ITV Monday night.

Discussing the allegations Morgan said he “didn’t believe a word” of what the duchess had said whilst he was presenting ITV’s Good Morning Britain.

On Tuesday night it was conformed Piers had left GMT after six years after an on-air argument with co-presenter weatherwoman Alex Beresford.

Piers stormed off set and didn’t return until 10 minutes after the clash.

Tweeting this morning, Wednesday March 10, Morgan said he sticks by his comments and "freedom of speech is a hill I'm happy to die on".

He added: "Thanks for all the love, and hate. I'm off to spend more time with my opinions."

Defending the royal ITV chief executive Dame Carolyn McCall said on Tuesday she "completely believed what [the duchess] says” and ITV is “totally committed” to mental health.

On Monday’s edition of Good Morning Britain Piers challenged Meghan claims she suffered suicidal thoughts.

He said: "Who did you go to? 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."

Later in the day he referred to Markle as the “Pinocchio Princess” in a tweet.

Responding to Pier’s comments Mind tweeted on Monday night: "We were disappointed and concerned to see Piers Morgan's comments on not believing Meghan's experiences about suicidal thoughts today.

"It's vital that when people reach out for support or share their experiences of ill mental health that they are treated with dignity, respect and empathy. We are in conversations with ITV about this at the moment."

On Tuesday’s show Piers said: "I still have serious concerns about the veracity of a lot of what" Meghan said, but that it was "not for me to question if she felt suicidal.

"My real concern was a disbelief frankly... 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."

Piers exit from Good Morning Britain led to a string of tweets from celebrities expressing their opinions.

Gary Lineker tweeted: ‘Whether it’s a football manager, a television presenter or any profession for that matter, it’s always sad when someone loses their job. @piersmorgan is excellent at what he does and I’m sure he’ll be back on the telly soon.’

Sharon Osbourne said: ‘@piersmorgan I am with you. I stand by you. People forget that you’re paid for your opinion and that you’re just speaking your truth.’

Whilst actress Jameela Jamil revealed Morgan's "relentless campaign of lies and hatred against me" had led her to contemplate suicide.

Good Morning Britain is on weekdays, ITV from 6.30am.