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Full Transcript: Piers Morgan's rant that wound up Alex Beresford

Full Transcript: Piers Morgan's rant that wound up Alex Beresford
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Read the full transcript of Piers Morgan's comments on Monday's Good Morning Britain that prompted colleague Alex Beresford to challenge him on this morning's show.

Piers Morgan stormed off the set of Good Morning Britain this morning after colleague Alex Beresford criticised his reaction to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Beresford said that Morgan's instant reaction to the interview when he came on air at 6.30am on Monday morning was "incredibly hard to watch".

Here, we recap everything Morgan said as he delivered his hot take on the interview.


6.32am: "I'm angry to the point of boiling over today. I'm sickened by what I just had to watch.

"This was a two-hour trashathon of our Royal family, of our monarchy, of everything the Queen has worked so hard for, and it's all being done as Prince Philip lies in hospital. They trash everybody.

"They basically made out the entire Royal Family are a bunch of white supremacists by dropping this race bombshell without naming which one it was, they just throw it out there so it could be any member of the Royal Family. And Harry says 'I'll never say who it was'. Well you'd better say it fast.

"It's odd, because you were comfortable about sharing everything else in that interview, but you're prepared to let that bombshell just lie completely unanswered so we now have to think that it could be any one of the Royal Family that was apparently racist about the skin colour of your child. I just don't think that's acceptable.

"They trash Kate, she's taken down, she apparently made poor Meghan cry, so she trashes her. They trash Prince Charles, they trash William, they trash the monarchy, the institution."

6.35am: "I've got to say I watched this interview a) with my jaw dropping like everybody else and b) with mounting anger, mainly because I could see the way that it's already playing in America and around the world. This is a caricature portrait of our monarchy and Royal Family which I think is contemptible."

6.36am, following a clip of Meghan discussing feeling suicidal: "OK, again, let's have the names. Who did you go to? What did they say to you? I'm sorry, I don't believe a word of what she says, 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."

6.37am, discussing people who have accused Meghan herself of bullying: "Her camp immediately said 'they can't be believed, those victims can't be believed'. And yet we're supposed to believe everything Meghan Markle now says about her own terrible ordeal of bullying, and racism, and all the rest of it? You can't have it both ways. We're not allowed to believe the apparent victims of her own bullying but we have to believe things she says."

6.38am, on the 'skin colour' allegations: "That claim is going to be devastating, in the way it's been depicted in that interview. We don't know the context of that conversation, we don't know it definitely happened... I'm not taking anything they said at face value I'm afraid. I think it's completely self-serving.

"So let's make it 'a claim', in the same way that everything about them that's negative they portray as nonsense, tabloid rumour mill and a claim. So let's play the same game with them, right?

"This is their truth, it doesn't make it true, does it?"

6.41am: "They're trashing everything [The Queen] stands for. And they're saying Charles and William are trapped, they have no wish to be King presumably, they're trapped in this terrible institution, an institution that The Queen has worked so dutifully and worked so hard to maintain and preserve. The damage to the monarchy here should not be underestimated.

"I've been watching the reaction to this in America since this came out - that race allegation in particular - I think this is going to be used as an incredibly damaging stick against the Royal Family."

6.43am, speaking to North America correspondent Noel Phillips: "Noel, you covered the wedding, I wrote about it too in the Mail On Sunday, and she says at one stage in this interview 'from the beginning of our relationship, there was this racist media treatment'.

"I just want to show our viewers and remind everybody, this is a spread of front pages on their engagement and their wedding. You will not see a bigger collection of more euphoric or ecstatic front pages embracing and saluting and celebrating the first biracial addition to the Royal Family. Ever. I've never seen it. And yet we're now told by Meghan Markle from the beginning of the relationship, so before all this, there was just horrible racism aimed at her.

"I just don't buy that, I'm sorry. There was a lot of criticism after the wedding to do with a number of things that then happened, but this context that there was this systematic media race campaign against her, I just don't think it's true."

6.45am, on Meghan's comments about not being told the fundamentals, such as the British national anthem: "Why wasn't her husband telling her? Why wasn't the bloke that she's sleeping with telling her? He's Prince Harry. I'm sorry, I presume they were sleeping together. Why wasn't he telling her, 'you've got to curtsey in front of my granny' until five minutes before you've got to meet her for the first time?

"There are so many contradictions in this interview. On the one hand we're told that they were constantly tormented by the vicious tabloid press, on the other hand they keep telling us they never read any of it, so I'm not quite sure how that works. And we're constantly told that on the money side, the only reason that they did these multimillion dollar deals with Netflix and Spotify was to pay for the security. It's just complete nonsense. This is disingenuous nonsense."

6.47am: "So she hates the title, she hates the pain, even though it's brought her hundreds of millions of dollars, but she still wants her boy to be called 'Prince', even though as I understand it that has never been the convention and is just another load of old flannel."

6.49am: "He got left 10s of millions by his mother, he's been given 10s of millions as I understand it by his father. These two have been propped up financially by other people throughout their relationship. We know this - from the massive amount of money he got left by Diana when she died and the huge amount of money that Prince Charles has given them."

6.50am: "I think the fact that she is trying to portray the Royal Family as a bunch of racists is the most incendiary charge I've seen against the Royal Family certainly in my career as a journalist. And it appears to be based on one conversation with an unnamed member of the Royal Family at the very start when they first got together. We don't know anything about the context."

6.52am: "So we have to keep guessing, for the rest of our lives, that one of our future Kings might be a racist? Really? It's disgraceful. And I'm sorry to mention this again, but to do this to The Queen, to trash everything she stands for and the monarchy and the institution and everything she's worked so hard for as Philip lies in hospital is contemptible. I don't care, frankly, for any backlash I get for saying this - it has got to be said.

"This is 'their truth'. This is not their truth actually - it's a series of unsubstantiated allegations which cut right to the heart of our Royal Family, which they know it is unlikely that our Royal Family can publicly respond to.

"Interesting, isn't it? Right at the start Oprah said 'nothing is off limits', but not a single question about how Meghan Markle's treated her own family and in particular her father. Not one question about what went on with her father, nothing about her family. Harry just lets his wife trash his family on global television, portraying them as a bunch of ruthless, bullying, racists."

6.54am: "That's not why they left. They left because they didn't fancy doing wet Wednesday royal duty in Stoke. They fancied living in an $11 million California mansion, which is where they're living. They've got everything they wanted. They've got 100s of millions of dollars, they've got the big mansion, they've got their happy family, they've got their celebrity chums, and yet they're still whining. It's never enough for these two.

"Is it possible to understand how two such private people, who've been suing everyone left right and centre for the last two years over privacy, would now give two hours of the most gut-wrenching dirty laundry-spewing private information to the world about their family? Oh, it's 'their truth'. No it's not, it's their rank hypocrisy, that's what it is.

"They've spilled more private secrets about the Royal Family in those two hours than I've seen in the last 20 years."



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