The Duchess of Sussex is reported to have made a formal complaint to ITV over the behaviour of breakfast television presenter Piers Morgan following the broadcast of her interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Morgan, who dramatically resigned from his Good Morning Britain presenting role on Tuesday, questioned claims made by the duchess that she was suicidal.
When questioned on air by weather presenter Alex Beresford, Mr Morgan stormed off set and announced later in the day that he was not to return after a five year stint on the show.
According to the Daily Telegraph and the Guardian, ‘a formal complaint was lodged with ITV on behalf of the duchess after the broadcast’.
An ITV spokesperson has “refused to deny” that Meghan had lodged a complaint alongside at least 41,000 other people.
During her sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan said that the constant abuse made her question whether she ‘wanted to be alive anymore.’
The duchess alleged that she approached Buckingham Palace’s HR department seeking help, but was turned away because she was not on the payroll.
On GMB the next, Piers Morgan said: “Who did you go to? What did they say to you? I’m sorry, I don’t believe a word she said, Meghan Markle. I wouldn’t believe it if she read me weather report. The fact that she’s fired up this onslaught against our Royal family I think is contemptible.”
ITV CEO Dame Carolyn McCall later said: “I completely believe what she said, that the most important thing with mental health that ITV does and is totally committed to, is that we support, we get people to speak up, we listen, we say everyone has to listen and everyone has to believe because that’s how you get people to speak up.”