Meghan Markle 'formally complained' to ITV about Piers Morgan shortly before his GMB departure

Meghan Markle 'formally complained' to ITV about Piers Morgan shortly before his GMB departure

MEGHAN MARKLE made a formal complaint to ITV about Piers Morgan shortly before the 55-year-old quit his job on Tuesday.

The day before, following release of Meghan and Prince Harry's explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey, Morgan insisted that he "didn't believe a word" the Duchess of Sussex said.

During the interview, which aired on Sunday night, Markle accused a member of the Royal Family of making a racist remark about her unborn baby Archie, and also claimed she'd been suicidal at one point before her and husband's infamous exit from royal life last year.

Following Monday's episode of Good Morning Britain, over 41,000 official complaints were lodged about Morgan to Ofcom, and it appears Meghan herself did the same.

According to the Press Association, the Duchess of Sussex made the complaint not because Morgan didn't believe what she said, but because she was worried about how his comments could affect people attempting to deal with their own mental health problems.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Image: CBS

It's understood that Ms Markle went directly to ITV's CEO Carolyn McCall, who is the former boss of the Guardian newspaper, to complain about the GMB host.

Reportedly, Morgan was offered to the opportunity to apologise live on air, but he refused and quit the show on Tuesday evening instead.

Morgan insists that has the right to tell viewers his "honestly held opinions" and said "freedom of speech is a hill I'm happy to die on."

Speaking outside his West London home on Wednesday morning, Morgan told reporters: "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.

"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," he said.