JULY 19, 2022
Broadcaster Piers Morgan, a vocal critic of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, claimed that many of his American friends are now “completely done” with the royal couple despite supporting them throughout their exit from royal life.
Morgan, speaking on his TalkTV show Piers Morgan Uncensored, discussed the Sussexes with biographer Tom Bower whose new book Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the war between the Windsors is due to be released on July 21.
The serialization of Bower’s book in London’s The Times, which has been described in promotional material as an unpicking of “the tangled web surrounding the Sussexes and their relationship with the royal family,” has generated a number of headlines.
So far claims made in the serialized extracts include that Queen Elizabeth II told close aides “thank goodness Meghan isn’t coming” in relation to Prince Philip’s funeral in 2018, and that Meghan failed to make a good impression with Harry’s friends after she openly challenged them over inappropriate jokes.
At least one of these claims has been questioned. A source close to the queen previously told Newsweek that it was “unlikely” the monarch would have been thinking of anybody but Prince Philip at the time of his funeral.
Bower described Meghan to Morgan as a “very scheming, very clever woman,” and added that “at the end of the book, I realized how successful she had been,” citing her determination to become a “global star” as having been achieved through marrying Harry.
“Are they in trouble now though?” Morgan asked. “Is the Sussex brand on the downward slope?”
He added: “A lot of American friends of mine are completely done with them, which they weren’t even a year ago.”
To this, Bower responded by saying that the publication of his work on Meghan and Harry may contribute to this downward slope for the Sussexes.
“This book,” he said, “may hasten the downward trend, over which I wouldn’t be sad at all because they pose a real threat to the royal family.”
Morgan, who has often shared his thoughts on the “threat” Harry and Meghan pose to the monarchy—repeatedly advocating for the revocation of their duke and duchess titles—agreed on this point.
“The reason I’ve been so exercised about them is I think they are destroying a lot of the magic in the monarchy,” Morgan said. “They’re calling the royals’ a bunch of callous racists and so on, without producing any hard evidence to support any of these claims and it’s incredibly damaging.”
Bower then said that the impetus for writing the book was his belief that Meghan was “really doing something quite dreadful to Britain” and that Harry has “gone along as her accomplice.”
The release of Bower’s book follows the Sussexes first public return to Britain since stepping down as full-time working royals in 2020, when they attended the celebrations for the queen’s Platinum Jubilee this June.
Despite low favorability poll numbers, with Harry the seventh and Meghan the eighth most positively viewed royals ahead of only Prince Andrew in May 2022 according to YouGov, the couple received cheers from the crowds of royal watchers waiting outside St. Paul’s Cathedral for the jubilee service of thanksgiving.
The prince, alongside Meghan, made an appearance in New York on Monday as he gave a keynote speech during a meeting of the United Nations general assembly in commemoration of Nelson Mandela International Day.
The prince spoke passionately about Mandela, a leader he had met with before the statesman’s death in 2013, and the Nelson Mandela Foundation with which the royal has formed strong links.
The royal also paid a touching tribute to Meghan who he described as his “soulmate.”