UPDATE: Meghan Markle has followed up her complaint to ITV with a complaint to UK media regulator Ofcom, according to The Guardian reporter Archie Bland. Markle’s reps did not immediately respond to Deadline’s request for comment.
PREVIOUS, March 10: Meghan Markle’s representatives have reportedly filed a complaint to ITV on behalf of the Duchess Of Sussex following Piers Morgan’s remarks about her mental health.
The Guardian said a “formal complaint” was lodged with the UK broadcaster after Morgan said on Good Morning Britain that he did not believe Markle when she revealed to Oprah Winfrey that she had suicidal thoughts during her time in the UK.
Deadline has contacted Markle’s press reps for comment. ITV declined to comment, meaning it did not deny that a complaint was made by Markle. It could represent an awkward moment for the broadcaster after it exclusively broadcast her CBS interview to 11.3 million people in the UK.
Markle is not alone if she did complain. UK media regulator Ofcom received more than 41,000 complaints about Monday’s episode of Good Morning Britain, making it the most complained about show on British television in nearly 15 years. Ofcom is now investigating.
Morgan dramatically quit Good Morning Britain on Tuesday. He has since doubled down on his views on Markle.
On Monday, I said I didn’t believe Meghan Markle in her Oprah interview. I’ve had time to reflect on this opinion, and I still don’t. If you did, OK. Freedom of speech is a hill I’m happy to die on. Thanks for all the love, and hate. I’m off to spend more time with my opinions. pic.twitter.com/bv6zpz4Roe
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 10, 2021