PIERS MORGAN broke his silence to once again question the claims made by Meghan Markle in her tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The outspoken television personality stepped down as host of Good Morning Britain after refusing to apologise for casting doubt on the claims made by Markle in the interview.
The Duchess of Sussex told Oprah she felt suicidal during her time in the Royal family and experienced racism when an unnamed Royal asked about her son Archie’s skin colour.
Morgan had previously sought to clarify his stance on GMB, explaining “it’s not for me to question if she felt suicidal, I am not in her mind and that is for her to say” and that his remarks referred to the interview as a whole.
However, he exited after reportedly refusing to bow to a request from senior ITV execs to apologise live on the air after Markle’s representatives made a formal complaint to the station.
Speaking outside his home in the wake of his abrupt exit, Morgan doubled down on his stance.
He said: "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.
"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.”
Morgan described his exit as “very amicable” adding that they ultimately “agreed to disagree.”
He also hinted at a potential return to broadcasting very soon.
"My opinions remain my opinions. [The public] can’t silence that ... I’ve got lots of other jobs. If you’re worried about me going hungry, you don’t need to worry.”
He added later: "I think it's fair to say, although the woke crowd will think that they've cancelled me, I think they will be rather disappointed when I re-emerge."
UK communications regulator Ofcom has already launched an investigation into GMB’s coverage of the interview following more than 41,000 complaints.
During the broadcast, Morgan cast doubt on Markle’s claims that a member of the family made a racist remark to Prince Harry.
He said: "They didn't name who it was, so it could be any member of the royal family. Harry says 'oh, I'll never say who it was'. Well you better say it fast.
"It's odd though, because you were comfortable with sharing everything else in that interview.
"You are prepared to let that bombshell lie completely answered so we're left to think it could be anyone of the Royal Family that was apparently racist about the skin colour of your child.
"I just don't think that's acceptable."
He had earlier expressed his skepticism over the claims on social media, tweeting: “I wouldn’t believe Meghan Markle if she gave me a weather report.”