Prince Harry, Meghan Markle: Piers Morgan issues scathing response to Sussexes' baby announcement

Piers Morgan couldn't help but take a jab at the Sussexes following the birth of their second child.
Piers Morgan couldn't help but take a jab at the Sussexes following the birth of their second child. Photo credit: Getty Images

Piers Morgan has done it again - the controversial broadcaster has responded to the birth of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's second child with a sly dig at the Duchess, proving he is nothing if not consistent in his critique of the royal couple.

Morgan couldn't help but take a jab at Markle after the couple announced the birth of their daughter, Lilibeth 'Lili' Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, on Sunday (local time).

The 56-year-old has gained a reputation as Markle's fiercest critic for his outspoken attacks on the Duchess, his criticism also extending to her husband, Prince Harry. Morgan was a notable opponent of the couple's decision to step down as senior royals in pursuit of independence and financial freedom last year, and lost his lucrative job as the anchor of Good Morning Britain after questioning the authenticity of Markle's battle with mental illness.

In a tweet on Sunday night (local time), the columnist took a swipe at Markle in a petty response to the couple's baby bliss.

"To those asking for my reaction to the new royal baby, I am respecting her parent's constant pleas for privacy and declining to comment," Morgan sniped. 

Twitter users were quick to pick up on the shady shot at Markle, with some expressing their agreement with Morgan's sentiment. 

The Sussexes have long spoken out about the toxicity of the British press, citing the incessant tabloid scrutiny of Markle and the intrusion into their personal lives as a reason for leaving England in pursuit of a better life in California. However, their bid for privacy has not been universally well-received, with some believing the couple are canny at using the media to their advantage - despite their complaints about the ongoing coverage. 

"Absolutely spot on," one fan of Morgan responded.

"Brilliant Piers, had a feeling you would take this stance," said another.

Others criticised the broadcaster's withering reaction to the happy news, with one noting that his opinion is likely of little importance to the family.

"I imagine that they frankly couldn't care less Mr Morgan," one replied.

"I know this is tearing you up inside. She now has two kids with him. It really is over between you two," another quipped, referencing Morgan's claims that Markle had once been among his circle of Hollywood friends before marrying into royalty.

The broadcaster once alleged the former Suits star "ghosted" him after they had enjoyed a few drinks together at a pub. 

"That was the last I ever heard from Meghan Markle," Morgan claimed in the interview. 

Earlier this year, it was announced that Morgan had resigned from his role on Good Morning Britain following a dispute in relation to withering comments he had made about Markle.

Morgan had taken exception to the couple's bombshell, tell-all interview with talk show host Oprah Winfrey in March, during which the Duchess launched a series of shocking accusations against the Royal Family. 

Morgan said he "didn't believe a word" the pregnant Duchess had said during the interview, including her candid admission that she had suffered suicidal thoughts as a working royal, but was refused help by senior Buckingham Palace officials.

"Who did you go to?" he said. "What did they say to you? I'm sorry, I don't believe a word she said, Meghan Markle. I wouldn't believe it if she read me a weather report.

"The fact that she's fired up this onslaught against our Royal Family, I think is contemptible."

Following a public outcry, Morgan doubled-down on his comments in the following episode, saying he still had "serious concerns about the veracity" of Markle's claims. However, he admitted it was "not for [him] to question if she felt suicidal".

Morgan was then challenged by co-presenter Alex Beresford for his "diabolical" behaviour, which resulted in Morgan storming off the set.

The ITV network announced Morgan's resignation after Ofcom, Britain's broadcasting and communications regulator, said it had received 41,000 complaints in relation to his comments and was launching an investigation.