Britain’s media regulator has cleared TV presenter and journalist Piers Morgan of any broadcasting code violations for making comments about Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, that drew thousands of viewer complaints.
- OFCOM said while Mr Morgan’s comments were “potentially harmful,” regulators “took full account of freedom of expression”
- Mr Morgan praised the decision in a tweet as a “victory for free speech”
- Meghan told Oprah Winfrey that royal officials ignored her concerns about her mental health
The number of complaints was the largest ever received by the watchdog agency.
The Office of Communications, known as OFCOM, said Morgan did not breach the broadcasting code when he said on Good Morning Britain that he did not believe what Meghan said during an interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Morgan welcomed the decision with a post on Twitter.
“This is a resounding victory for free speech and a resounding defeat for Princess Pinocchios. Do I get my job back?” Morgan, 56, tweeted.
Morgan attracted a flood of complaints when he commented during the March episode of Good Morning Britain that he did not “believe a word she says” and that “I wouldn’t believe her if she read me a weather report”.
Morgan was referring to comments the duchess made about her mental health, alleged racist attitudes and what she perceived as a lack of support while trying to fit in as a member of the royal family.