The Tempest in the Teapot

Pauline Nevins March 31, 2021 - Auburn Journal

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“The explosive TV chat.” If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then you have to surrender your Britbox subscription. I activated the British streaming service in time to watch Piers Morgan, the co-host of Good Morning Britain, come unglued about the Oprah interview of Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex, the former Meghan Markle.

 

 

Piers Morgan, you may know, is a provocative English broadcaster-journalist, who people either love or hate. Decades ago, he was the youngest editor of a national newspaper, the tabloid News of the World – known in my day as “news of the screws” – a salute to its salacious content. The only formal sex education I ever received.

American audiences know Morgan from his Celebrity Apprentice win in 2008, and several years later as a host of CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight – the former Larry King Live talk show. King was on the air for 25 years. Morgan lasted for three. Morgan blamed the show’s cancellation on his outspoken opposition to America’s gun culture.

 

On Good Morning Britain, Morgan was in fine fettle. He stayed up to watch the Oprah interview live. His reaction: “I’m sorry, I don’t believe a word she said, Meghan Markle. I wouldn’t believe her if she read me a weather report.” When a colleague blasted him for his ongoing attacks of the Duchess, Morgan walked off in a huff. He later tweeted, “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.” I’m not a fan of Morgan, but I saw merit in one question he raised.

During the Oprah interview, the Duchess dropped several bombshells. One was that during her first pregnancy, her mental health declined to the point she considered suicide. Her character was being assassinated in the press, she was not being defended, and she felt isolated. In addition, there was talk that since her baby was not to be given the title “prince,” he would not receive security protection.