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10/03/2021 07:14 GMT | Updated 10/03/2021 08:19 GMT

Piers Morgan Doubles Down On Meghan Markle Comments Following Good Morning Britain Exit: 'A Hill I'm Happy To Die On'

The presenter has refused to back down amid 40,000 Ofcom complaints and condemnation from mental health charity, Mind.

Piers Morgan has doubled down on his comments about Meghan Markle just hours after it was announced he was leaving Good Morning Britain.

ITV had faced widespread calls to axe the divisive presenter after he cast doubt on Meghan’s revelation during her recent interview with Oprah Winfrey that she had experienced suicidal thoughts after joining the Royal Family.

The broadcaster confirmed on Tuesday evening that Piers has left his three-days-a-week co-hosting role on their flagship breakfast show.

On Wednesday morning, the presenter shared an image of Winston Churchill and a quote about free speech, reiterating that despite having time to “reflect” he did not believe Meghan, insisting “freedom of speech is a hill I’m happy to die on”.

His latest comments come after TV watchdog Ofcom confirmed it had launched an investigation into the programme, having received over 41,000 complaints about Monday’s episode

It said it would be probing the show under its harm and offence rules.

Piers had previously been condemned by mental health charity Mind, who work with ITV on its Britain Get Talking initiative. 

“We were disappointed and concerned to see Piers Morgan’s comments on not believing Meghan’s experiences about suicidal thoughts,” it said in a statement.

“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.”

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On Tuesday, Piers walked off set during an on-air row with colleague Alex Beresford about the Duchess, when the weather presenter questioned his repeated criticisms of her.

Slamming Piers’ “diabolical behaviour” after he stormed out of the studio, Alex said: “I’m sorry but Piers spouts off on a regular basis and we all have to sit there and listen. Six-thirty to seven o’clock [on Monday] was incredibly hard to watch. Incredibly hard to watch.

“This… he has the ability to come in here and talk from a position where he doesn’t fully understand.”

Piers’ comments came after Meghan told Oprah Winfrey during her US TV interview of how there was a time where “didn’t want to be alive anymore”.

She continued: “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.”

On the following morning’s edition of GMB, Piers said: “I’m sorry, I don’t believe a word she says.”

While co-host Susanna Reid shared her shock at Piers’ lack of sympathy, he continued: “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.”

Wednesday morning’s show saw GMB regular Ranvir Singh co-presenting with Susanna in place of Piers.

Good Morning Britain airs every weekday from 6am on ITV.