Piers Morgan doubles down on Meghan Markle comments, calls her 'frankly contemptible'

Controversial British broadcaster Piers Morgan has lashed out at Meghan Markle again, slamming the "damage she has done to the British monarchy" and calling her "frankly contemptible".

Meghan and her husband Prince Harry's tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey premiered this week, where Markle revealed she was suicidal while pregnant with her first child Archie, among other bombshell claims.

  • CBS Presents Oprah with Meghan and Harry can be watched in full on ThreeNow.

But on the breakfast show Good Morning Britain, Morgan drew widespread condemnation for saying he "doesn't believe a word she says".

"I wouldn't believe her if she read me a weather report," he said.

The comments drew more than 41,000 complaints from the public, and the next day it was announced Morgan would be leaving the show.

On his first day since leaving, while walking his daughter to school, Morgan doubled down on his claims.

"I believe in freedom of speech, I believe in the right to be allowed to have an opinion. If people want to believe Meghan Markle, that's entirely their right," he said.

"I don't believe almost anything that comes out of her mouth and I think the damage she's done to the British monarchy and to the Queen at a time when Prince Philip is lying in hospital is enormous and frankly contemptible.

"If I have to fall on my sword for expressing an honestly held opinion about Meghan Markle and that diatribe of bilge that she came out with in that interview, so be it."

This comes after it was revealed Markle had been in contact with the CEO of ITV, expressing her concerns over how Morgan's comments might affect people struggling with mental health problems.

It came just hours before Morgan quit the show.