LONDON – Buckingham Palace’s much-anticipated response to Prince Harry and Meghan’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey this week has done little to dampen interest in a story that is still sending shock waves across the UK.
Despite the Queen’s request on Tuesday night to “address the couple’s allegations privately from the family,” their 61-word statement has not curbed the voracious appetites of the UK press and the public.
British newspapers were still dominated by the public divide on Wednesday, unpacking the meaning behind every line of the palace’s carefully crafted statement.
The Daily Express splashed “Memories can vary” while the Daily Mail led “Poll: Now you are brushing them off their titles.”
Piers Morgan, co-host of ITV’s Good Morning Britain and outspoken critic of Meghan, has been widely condemned for doubting Meghan’s story, including her admission of feeling suicidal. More than 41,000 complaints were sent to Ofcom, the UK television authority. Many commentators on social media accused him of racism.
ITV announced Morgan’s resignation Tuesday night after 5 years on the show, and on Wednesday the tabloid newspaper editor who became the broadcaster stood defiant.
“On Monday I said I didn’t believe Meghan Markle in her Oprah interview. I’ve had time to ponder that opinion, and I still don’t,” Morgan said tweeted, along with a quote from former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
He added that freedom of speech is “a hill I would love to die on” and he would not give in to mounting pressure to go back on his comments.
Ofcom announced that it would investigate the Monday episode of the series under the “rules of harm and abuse” after Morgan questioned Meghan’s comments before engaging with Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, an on-screen black commentator.
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The show’s political editor Ranvir Singh sat in Morgan’s chair next to longtime presenter Susanna Reid on Wednesday.
Reid spoke up the news that Morgan “has decided to leave the program” and spoke about the polarizing characteristics of her former colleague.
“He is without a doubt an outspoken, challenging, sensitive and disruptive broadcaster. He has a lot of critics and he has a lot of fans. You all know that I disagreed with him about Meghan’s interview, “she said on the show on Wednesday. “He was a voice for many of you and a voice that many of you railed against. It will certainly be very different. But shows go on and so on. “
British newspapers remain embroiled in the royal saga after the official industry organization denied allegations of racism in a statement made by some journalists and politicians.
The Society of Editors, an industry organization that promotes freedom of the press, said in a statement released Monday it was “unacceptable for the Duke and Duchess” to claim that their reporting was racist “without supporting evidence.”
That answer worked Editors at media organizations like The Guardian and HuffPost to condemn posture of the body.
Meanwhile, celebrities continue to show support for Meghan’s decision to speak out.
“Thank you Meghan for your courage and your guidance. We are strengthened and inspired by you, ”said Beyoncé shared in a statement on your website.