Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have had a chaotic year, but they’ll be looking to put that in the past now. Sunday, the couple announced the birth of their daughter Lilibet, and greetings have poured in from all over the world.
At the same time, they’re still facing heavy criticism, and not only as a result of their name choice for their beloved daughter.
Meghan Markle has found herself condemned by several people for many reasons. And now, famous television host Piers Morgan is lashing out at her once again in a new bombshell interview.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been in the spotlight for many reasons during 2021, not least because of their remarkable Oprah Winfrey interview, which sparked a crisis within the Royal Family.
Harry & Meghan Markle
Not only were Harry and Meghan ostracized by their own family, but many other experts also had their say on the feud. One of them, infamously, was British television host Piers Morgan.
Harry and Meghan made several claims during their Oprah interview, including that of racism regarding the Royal Family’s apparent concerns about Archie’s skin color.
Prince William himself commented on the matter, assuring the public that the Royal Family isn’t “a racist family”.
Even at Prince Philip’s funeral, the cold relation between Harry and William was noticeable, since the two didn’t even walk shoulder-to-shoulder at the funeral service.
Announced birth of daughter
Last weekend, Harry and Meghan finally had something else to focus on as they announced the birth of their second child.
“It is with great joy that Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, welcome their daughter, Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world. Lili was born on Friday, June 4 at 11:40 a.m. in the trusted care of the doctors and staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, CA,” an official announcement read, Sunday.
Both Meghan and Lilibet are said to be in good health. The beloved little girl weighed in at 7 lbs and 11 oz.
Congratulations from members of the Royal Family came pouring in. The Queen, William and Kate, and Charles and Camilla all sent their greetings through their official social media accounts. But still, the relationship between Buckingham Palace and Harry and Meghan is frosty, and it’s unclear if they actually have spoken to each other beyond internet announcements following the birth of Lilibet.
Meghan and Harry decided to pay tribute to the Queen by naming their daughter Lilibet, which is a nickname that’s been used for Her Majesty from an early age and is still used by her closest family today.
The Queen’s grandfather, King George V, used to call her “Lilibet”. Since then, the name has stuck, as reported by The Guardian. Her late husband Prince Philip, also referred to her by that moniker.
Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor
Not only that, but Harry and Meghan’s daughter also has Diana as her middle name.
Even though it was a sweet gesture, some consider it a huge deal and actually a negative thing that they named their beloved daughter after the Queen.
When asked about what the Queen will think of the baby’s name, royal expert Angela Levin told Good Morning Britain that she might even be offended.
“I think she’s desperately unhappy because they were desperately rude about her, I don’t think it’s a good idea. I think it’s quite rude to her Majesty the Queen,” Levin said, according to the Daily Mail.
She added: “It was a very private nickname from her husband who hasn’t been dead for very long. Prince Charles would never dream of referring to his mother as Lilibet.
“He’s never used it – it was a special name, especially for the the Duke of Edinburgh’. She added she believes it was ‘demeaning’ for the Sussexes to have used it”.
Royal commentator Richard Kay, meanwhile, wrote in a column for the Daily Mail that Meghan and Harry might have taked it too far by naming their daughter Lilibet.
Piers Morgan slams Meghan & Harry
“By giving the baby the name Lilibet, the Queen’s private family nickname – even though they intend to use the diminutive ‘Lili’ for their daughter – there is a risk,” Kay wrote, as quoted by Express.
“Will it be seen as a presumptuous choice for a royal baby who is eighth in line to the throne, but who will grow up on the other side of the world speaking with an American accent?”
People from all over the world have congratulated Meghan and Harry on the arrival of their second child. However, one who chose not to was Piers Morgan.
The longtime television host instead appeared on 60 Minutes Australia – and went on to criticize Meghan Markle. For what? Well, pretty much everything.
Speaking on Australia’s Today, Piers Morgan also weighed in with his opinion on the name of Meghan and Harry’s daughter.
Ha called the choice of the name to be “ironic”.
“You have this couple who have been trashing the royal family and the monarchy for the last few weeks and they have named the baby after the Queen, who is, of course, the head of the royal family and the monarchy,” Morgan said.
“Respecting her parents’ constant pleas”
Morgan continued by speculating wether Meghan and Harry were trying to patch up the relationship with the Royal Family by naming their daughter after the Queen.
“Maybe it’s their way of reaching out, as the Americans say, to the royals and wanting some kind of end to this on-running feud,” he said.
Just hours before the interview, Morgan tweeted that he wouldn’t comment on the baby’s name.
“For those asking for my reaction to the new royal baby, I am respecting her parents’ constant pleas for privacy and declining to comment,” he wrote on Twitter.
Piers Morgan has had his beef with the Royal Family before. It was after his critical remarks towards Meghan Markle’s mental health that he actually stormed out from ITV’s breakfast show Good Morning Britain in March earlier this year – and later resigned from his position.
Piers Morgan – Meghan Markle
Morgan revealed that he chose to quit his job rather than apologize to Meghan. He previously said that he was holding Meghan and Harry to the same level of responsibility as he would a government minister.
Furthermore, he even blamed Meghan for him having to quit his job.
“I didn’t know this at the time but Meghan Markle had complained to my boss at ITV on the Monday night,” Morgan said on 60 Minutes Australia. “It was demanded I apologize for disbelieving her, otherwise I would have to vacate my chair,” Morgan said.
“I thought there was hypocrisy, I thought there were downright lies coming out in the interview,” he added. “I saw my job to hold them to account like I would to a government minister and for doing that, within 36 hours I had to leave the job.
So what did Morgan say in his latest appearance on 60 Minutes Australia? Well, plenty of things.
During the Oprah Winfrey interview, Meghan claimed that she and Harry actually had a secret marriage ceremony, officiated by Justin Welby, days before their official wedding at Windsor in May of 2018. Meghan said that nobody knew that the couple had shared their personal vows for “just the two of us”.
‘Secret wedding ceremony’
However, according to Sky, it’s thought the ceremony couldn’t have been legal, since it “lacked witnesses and a registered venue”. Alternatively, it was “likely to have been an informal exchange of vows.”
“If any of you ever talk to a priest, you expect them to keep that talk confidential,” Welby said. “It doesn’t matter who I’m talking to. I had a number of private and pastoral meetings with the duke and duchess before the wedding.”
He said that the legal wedding happened that Saturday at Windsor, adding, “but I won’t say what happened at any other meetings.”
The fact that Meghan spoke about a possible secret wedding ceremony was enough to provoke Piers.
Speaking on the Australian show Today, the former television host claimed to know that many things of Meghan told Oprah were “untrue”, including the wedding ceremony.
“Well, that’s not true. They couldn’t have got married three days before they said they did because that would make the Archbishop of Canterbury a criminal,” Morgan said.
“There were a lot of things coming out of Meghan Markle’s mouth that I knew to be untrue.
Calling Meghan a liar
“We’re all walking around on eggshells, terrified of offending people, terrified of losing our job over a misspoken Tweet or a comment on Facebook, and it’s got to stop,” Morgan told 60 Minutes.
“Even in Australia, the woke brigade are snapping at people’s heels trying to put everyone back in their box.
“It started in America, it has come to Britain. It has come to Australia and it’s a real menace.”
Morgan, bestselling author of ‘Wake Up: Why the World has Gone Nuts’, said nowadays people are “not allowed to have strong opinions.”
“You’re not allowed to disbelieve a liar like Meghan Markle. I’m sorry to call her that but she tells lies… We’ve proven that,” he said.
The host of 60 Minutes Australia, Karl Stefanovic has previously been one of the biggest critics of Piers Morgan. He asked the British television profile if he wasn’t just an “angry old man?”.
Piers Morgan said Meghan ‘ghosted’ him
“Freedom of speech is actually more important than the Meghan Markle debacle,” Morgan answered. “The origin of woke was well-intentioned. It was to have an awareness, to be awake to racial and social injustice. We can all sign up to that.”
This is not the first time Piers has attacked Meghan Markle.
In 2018, about six months after Meghan and Harry’s wedding, Morgan wrote a long column in the Daily Mail about the Duchess of Sussex.
“Meghan Markle is a ruthless social climbing actress who has landed the role of her life and is determined to milk it for all she can – and that’s why the Palace is beginning to turn on her,” he wrote in the title.
Piers also revealed that he was “ghosted” by Meghan. He explained how they were very friendly in 2015 after they started following each other on Twitter.
“Never heard from her again”
The year after, Meghan and Piers met for drinks in London, and he wrote that he thought they were friends. But no.
“She met Prince Harry at the dinner that night, went on a solo date with him the next night, and I never heard from her again. Not a word. I’d been ghosted.”
Meghan has never responded to the claims made in Morgan’s column.
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