UK regulator clears Piers Morgan over comments on Meghan
LONDON – Britain’s media regulator on Wednesday cleared TV personality and journalist Piers Morgan of any violation for commenting on Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, which drew more than 50,000 complaints from viewers, the highest number never received by the monitoring agency.
The Office of Communications, known as Ofcom, said Morgan did not violate the broadcast code when he said on “Good Morning Britain” that he did not believe what Meghan said during of an interview with Oprah Winfrey in which the Duchess said she had suicidal thoughts while struggling to fit into the monarchy.
“This is a resounding victory for free speech and a resounding defeat for Princess Pinocchios. Do I get my work back? Morgan, 56, tweeted in response to Ofcom’s decision.
Meghan, who before marrying Prince Harry in May 2018 was an American actress known as Meghan Markle, told Winfrey royal officials are ignoring her concerns about her mental health and facing racist attitudes .
Morgan drew a flood of complaints when he commented on the March episode of “Good Morning Britain” that he “didn’t believe a word she said” and that “I wouldn’t believe her if she was reading me a weather report “.
She has been criticized by many mental health activists for dismissing mental illness, and Meghan herself has filed complaints with Ofcom and broadcaster ITV. Morgan left the show after an outcry over his comments.
Ofcom said that while Morgan’s comments were “potentially harmful and offensive to viewers”, regulators “have fully taken freedom of expression into account.”
“Under our rules, broadcasters can include controversial opinions as part of a legitimate public interest debate,” the office said in a statement.
“Restricting such opinions would, in our opinion, be an unwarranted and appalling restriction on freedom.
Morgan, known for voicing his opinion and often causing controversy with his opinions, has previously appeared as a judge on “America’s Got Talent.”
Elton John joins forces with Nicki, Miley, and more on new album