Variety understands that Markle wrote to CEO Carolyn McCall on Monday, raising concerns over how Morgan’s words would affect the mental health dialogue in the U.K. and may even impact someone contemplating suicide.
The issue of mental health is paramount for ITV, which needs to be seen as taking the matter seriously following a spate of suicides linked to its hit show “Love Island,” including that of popular host Caroline Flack a year ago.
Both ITV and Markle’s representatives declined to comment on the matter.
Morgan quit the popular morning news program on Tuesday shortly after U.K. media regulator Ofcom opened an investigation into his comments on Monday’s episode. British tabloid The Sun reported that Morgan, a permanent fixture on the program since 2015, exited after ITV bosses asked him to apologize on air and he refused. The broadcaster declined to verify the report.
Responding to Markle and Prince Harry’s bombshell CBS interview, in which Markle revealed to Oprah Winfrey her mental health struggles and suicidal thoughts, a belligerent Morgan cast doubt on Markle’s comments.
“Who did you go to? What did they say to you?” demanded Morgan. “I’m sorry, I don’t believe a word she said, Meghan Markle. I wouldn’t believe it if she read me a weather…