Writing for the first time since he dramatically stormed off Good Morning Britain (GMB), Piers Morgan revealed his side of the story in a 7,000 word column earlier this week. Piers left the ITV show at the beginning of March after declaring on air that he didn’t believe many of the things Meghan Markle said in her extraordinary interview with Oprah Winfrey. The piece gave a moment-by-moment account of what led to his departure from GMB, confirming it came after he refused to apologise for his comments about the Duchess of Sussex.
Piers was not particularly impressed by Prince Harry, either.
He wrote: “I expected such disingenuous, self-serving wrecking-ball stuff from a social-climbing Hollywood actress like Ms Markle, but for Harry to publicly shred his family and the monarchy like this, while Prince Philip was seriously ill in hospital, is so out of character for a man who once bravely served his Queen and country in war.”
Piers has not always had such a negative opinion of the Duke of Sussex.
Just a few months before the Prince met his now wife, the former presenter actually liked Harry and thought he was better fit to be king than his brother, Prince William.
In a column written in 2016, the former GMB host argued William’s interviews were “toe-curling in their awkwardness and rigidity” and that you could tell he had “zero interest in revealing anything significant about himself or his family for the delectation of the slathering populous”.
He wrote: “When I had a private lunch with William, then aged 13, and his mother Diana at Kensington Palace in 1996, I could tell he was a shy, self-conscious teenager who already felt the full weight of the monarchy weighing heavily on his young shoulders.
“He was an intelligent, polite and inquisitive boy but he flashed occasional very real anger about press intrusion.
“It was obvious that he hated being a global goldfish bowl, and I’ve seen nothing since to suggest he’s found it any more bearable as he’s got older.”
He noted: “He’d far rather just be left alone to do his thing – flying the odd helicopter, making as few official royal engagements as he can get away with, going to lots of society weddings, shooting parties and polo matches, and spending holidays frantically trying to avoid the press as his wife takes the ‘official’ photos.
“The problem is that his ‘thing’ is not compatible with what the British public expects from a future king.”
On the other hand, Prince Harry, Piers argued, would have made a perfect monarch.
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“Isn’t a happy, confident King better than an unhappy, acutely self-conscious one?”
It was not the only time Piers criticised William.
The following year, the former GMB presenter took aim at the Duke of Cambridge for holidaying while the rest of the senior royals attended a Commonwealth event in Britain.
The then 34-year-old was pictured on a skiing trip in Verbier, dancing and drinking, while his family remained in London.
The Duke of Cambridge missed the Commonwealth Day festivities, including a service in which the Commonwealth Games baton set off from Buckingham Palace, in an event considered one of the most significant in the royal calendar.
The Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Harry and Prince Charles were all present.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Piers said: “I agree with the front pages criticising him.
“There was a huge Commonwealth event in this country, every other member of the Royal Family turned up – and the next in line to the throne is out gallivanting on the ski slopes, chatting to blondes and dancing like a raver!
“I have a lot of respect for them.
“But he is second-in-line after Charles to be king.”
The Prince, who had often been criticised as “workshy” claimed in 2016: “I take duty very seriously. I take my responsibilities very seriously. But it’s about finding your own way at the right time and if you’re not careful, duty can wear you down at a very early age.
“I think you have got to develop into the duty role.”