Celebrity Mastermind: Laura Tobin praises Piers Morgan
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Writing for the first time since he dramatically stormed off Good Morning Britain (GMB), Piers Morgan has revealed his side of the story in a 7,000 word column. Piers left the ITV show earlier this month after declaring on air that he didn’t believe many of the things Meghan Markle said in her extraordinary interview with Oprah Winfrey. The piece gave a moment-by-moment account of what led to his departure from “GMB”, confirming it came after he refused to apologise for his comments about the Duchess of Sussex.
Piers was not particularly impressed by Prince Harry, either.
He wrote: “I expected such disingenuous, self-serving wrecking-ball stuff from a social-climbing Hollywood actress like Ms Markle, but for Harry to publicly shred his family and the monarchy like this, while Prince Philip was seriously ill in hospital, is so out of character for a man who once bravely served his Queen and country in war.”
He then added that when he went on the air later that morning after watching the interview he was “angry to the point of boiling over”.
But Piers did not use to have such a negative opinion about the Duke of Sussex not so long ago.
Just a few months before the Prince met his now wife, the former presenter actually thought the Duke of Sussex was better fit to be king than his brother.
In a column for the Daily Mail, the former GMB host brutally claimed William’s interviews were “toe-curling in their awkwardness and rigidity” and that you could tell he had “zero interest in revealing anything significant about himself or his family for the delectation of the slathering populous”.
He wrote in May, 2016: “He’d far rather just be left alone to do his thing – flying the odd helicopter, making as few official royal engagements as he can get away with, going to lots of society weddings, shooting parties and polo matches, and spending holidays frantically trying to avoid the press as his wife takes the ‘official’ photos.
“The problem is that his ‘thing’ is not compatible with what the British public expects from a future King.
“Why force this very nice but gauche and, dare I suggest, ever so slightly dull man submit himself to a lifetime of misery?
“Especially when there’s someone waiting in the wings who seems so much better suited to the job?”
Piers noted Prince Harry, on the other hand, would have made a “great King”.
He explained: “He’d be a very modern, very different one, but that’s essential for maintaining the monarchy’s appeal going forward.
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“He’d also be a lot of fun, get stuff done, confine the crusty old royal officiousness to the gilt-edged dustbin of posterity, and be hugely popular around the world.
“Above all, I think Harry would love doing it.
“Isn’t a happy, confident king better than an unhappy, acutely self-conscious one?”
In the tell-all interview with Oprah, the Duke of Sussex suggested he would have not liked to be the heir to the throne.
Harry sensationally claimed his brother and his father, Prince Charles, are “trapped” in the system of the British monarchy.
The Duke of Sussex told the American chat show host: “I myself was trapped.
“I didn’t see a way out. I was trapped but I didn’t know I was trapped.
Asked what he meant, Prince Harry replied: “Trapped within the system, like the rest of my family are.
“My father and my brother, they are trapped. They don’t get to leave.”
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Prince Charles, the Queen’s son, is next in line to the throne, while Prince William is second in the line of succession.
A source close to the Royal Family has dismissed Prince Harry’s claims and told the Sunday Telegraph William does not believe he is “trapped” inside the system.
Instead, the Duke of Cambridge has “accepted” his role and “the path set for him”.
The royal source added: “He is very much his grandmother’s grandson in that respect of duty and service.”
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