Piers Morgan has been cleared by the UK media regulator over his comments on Meghan Markle's mental health

Piers Morgan has been cleared by the UK media regulator over his comments on Meghan Markle's mental health
Piers Morgan is seen on the left on Wednesday, after leaving "Good Morning Britain" over his comments about the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle (seen on the right in October 2019). Getty/Getty
  • Piers Morgan said on-air that he did not believe Meghan Markle's Oprah interview.
  • It sparked record complaints, but the UK's media regulator just cleared him.
  • It said Morgan's comments were "consistent with freedom of expression."

Piers Morgan has been cleared by the UK's media regulator for comments he made about Meghan Markle's mental health, which sparked almost 60,000 complaints.

Ofcom, the regulator, said that Morgan's comments did not break its code, the BBC reported.

Morgan had said on ITV News that he did not believe what Markle said in her interview with Oprah Winfrey, which was aired in March. He dismissed the duchess' claims about her suicidal thoughts, including that she received little support from Buckingham Palace when she asked for help.

Morgan's comments sparked 57,793 complaints to Ofcom - the highest in its history, the BBC noted.

Morgan said he was "delighted" with the ruling, writing in his Daily Mail column that it's "a resounding victory for free speech and a resounding defeat for Princess Pinocchios."


"Their report is lengthy and detailed, but in the end, it came down to an unequivocal and emphatic endorsement of my right to an opinion," Morgan wrote, adding that "this is a watershed moment in the battle for free speech."

Ofcom said its decision was "finely balanced," and that ITV had "provided adequate protection to viewers from potentially harmful and highly offensive statements about mental health and suicide."

Morgan quit his role at ITV's "Good Morning Britain" after his comments about Markle.

Ofcom said, according to the BBC: "Consistent with freedom of expression, Mr Morgan was entitled to say he disbelieved the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's allegations and to hold and express strong views that rigorously challenged their account.

"The code allows for individuals to express strongly held and robustly argued views, including those that are potentially harmful or highly offensive, and for broadcasters to include these in their programming.


"The restriction of such views would, in our view, be an unwarranted and chilling restriction on freedom of expression both of the broadcaster and the audience."

Representatives for the Duchess of Sussex did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.