How Is Piers Morgan Wrapped up in Prince Harry’s War Against the Media?

Meghan Markle has been a polarizing force ever since Prince Harry announced his engagement to the former American actress. While the coverage of the duchess has been largely favorable in the United States, the media picture is very different in the United Kingdom. The British Press has offered mostly negative commentary of the duchess, and Prince Harry, by proxy. The couple shot back on Sunday when they announced they would be suing The Daily Mail for their recent decision to print a letter written by Markle to her father, Thomas Markle. In a scathing public statement, Prince Harry reminded the world of how he lost his mother, and his overwhelming desire to protect his wife and child from the same fate. Piers Morgan, unsurprisingly, has an opinion.

How is Piers Morgan involved in the lawsuit hubbub

Morgan is known for his rather strong opinions, and he has a strong one about Markle. Morgan took issue with Markle the second she and Prince Harry announced their engagement, and he doesn’t care who knows it. In a scathing article, Morgan recounted the day he met Markle, then “just” an actress.

Piers Morgan at Ascot Racecourse
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Morgan claimed that he spent a lovely 90 minutes with Markle before putting her in a cab to meet friends from dinner, according to The Independent. He argued those moments were terrific, but apparently, for Markle, what followed after was better. Morgan claims that the night he met Markle was also the night she met Prince Harry. Apparently she never spoke to Morgan again. Morgan claims the radio silence had everything to do with her new influential beau.

Morgan isn’t so much involved in the lawsuit, as he is an outsider offering his commentary on the subject. The difference between Morgan and the rest of the press is that he appears to have a personal bone to pick with the duchess, and he’s absolutely allowed it to color his view of the entire situation.

Piers Morgan painted an unflattering picture of Princess Diana

Primarily known as the people’s princess, Princess Diana’s relationship with the press was highly complex, and at times tortured. The princess made the decision, at one point, to step away from royal duties because of how deeply she was hounded. In fact, Prince Harry and most of mainstream society have placed the blame for her tragic 1997 car accident on the shoulders of the press that was allegedly pursuing her on that fateful evening in Paris.

Morgan, however, painted an entirely different picture. In a scathing interview, Morgan claimed that Princess Diana’s death had little to do with the press, rather it had everything to do with a speeding, drunk driver. He’s not angry with the late princess, though. Instead, he’s hopping mad at Prince Harry for perpetuating the theory that the press is to blame.

Morgan, speaking to Good Morning Britain said, “I knew Diana well, I did lots of stuff with Diana, she colluded with the press very regularly, she set up photo situations with the press, she jumped into cars with reporters and gave them her version of stories many, many times. Diana was absolutely playing with the press and then ranting against the press.” The portrait Morgan painted, who was an editor at a British publication at the time of Princess Diana’s death, was far from flattering and in stark contrast to how the general public remembers her.

Why are Prince Harry and Meghan Markle suing The Daily Mail

Prince Harry and Markle announced that they would be suing the British publication for publishing a personal correspondence. According to the prince, the paper removed entire paragraphs of the letter in order to paint Markle in a negative light. The narrative is nothing new, but this is the first time the couple is striking back.

Presumably, The Daily Mail received a copy of the letter from Thomas Markle, the estranged father of the duchess. The father-daughter duo has a severely strained relationship, and the elder Markle hasn’t seen his daughter since before her wedding. He hasn’t met his newest grandson either, and it looks like he probably won’t be laying eyes on him anytime soon.

The lawsuit isn’t really about money in the long run. In fact, the royal couple plan to donate any compensation to bullying charities. They are also paying for their legal team out of private funds. Really, the lawsuit is about sending a message to the British press and letting them know the couple won’t be playing their game.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit a boarding house in the town of Asni
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex | Tim Rooke – Pool/Getty Images

Morgan, allegedly, believes that’s a mistake. In fact, he seems to think going after the press will actually bring more heartache to the young prince than if he had just let sleeping dogs lie. What will happen in the long-term, however, is unknown.