Piers Morgan says Meghan Markle 'ghosted' him in a resurfaced video that trended after he criticized her descriptions of mental illness

Piers Morgan says Meghan Markle 'ghosted' him in a resurfaced video that trended after he criticized her descriptions of mental illness
TV personality Piers Morgan and the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle.Getty Images
  • Piers Morgan quit the show "Good Morning Britain" after facing heat for his Meghan Markle criticism.
  • A 2018 video of Morgan talking about Markle ghosting him trended on Twitter after he resigned.
  • Some speculated that Morgan's criticisms of Markle were linked to this perceived slight.

Internet users have resurfaced a video purporting to show the roots of Piers Morgan's ire with Meghan Markle.

Morgan quit the TV show "Good Morning Britain" on Tuesday after his years of public criticism toward Markle came to a head.

As Morgan told it in a 2018 appearance on Ireland's "Late Late Show," the former "Suits" actor "ghosted" him after they met up for drinks on the same night she was introduced to Prince Harry.


Tweets including footage from the "Late Late Show" appearance garnered more than 2 million views Tuesday. The clip shows Morgan saying he and Markle began following each other on social media in 2015 and then met a pub in 2016 when she happened to be in town.

Morgan has been married since 2010 and framed his relationship with Markle as a "friendship," though the term "ghosting" is often used in the context of dating.

The renewed interest in Morgan's ghosting story came after he walked off the 'Good Morning Britain' set

On Tuesday morning, Morgan left the set during an episode of "Good Morning Britain" after one of his colleagues told him Markle had been "entitled to cut you off if she wants to."


"I understand that you don't like Meghan Markle - you've made that so clear a number of times on this program," the show's weather presenter, Alex Beresford, said. "I understand that you've got a personal relationship with Meghan Markle or had one, and she cut you off. She's entitled to cut you off if she wants to. Has she said anything about you since she cut you off? I don't think she has, but yet you continue to trash her."

Beresford said Morgan's behavior was "pathetic" and "diabolical," particularly in relation to Markle.

Piers Morgan says Meghan Markle 'ghosted' him in a resurfaced video that trended after he criticized her descriptions of mental illness
Piers Morgan walking off the set of "Good Morning Britain."GMB

Morgan had reacted negatively during Monday's episode of "Good Morning Britain" in response to Prince Harry and Markle's tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.


Markle told Winfrey she had suicidal thoughts after joining the royal family and experiencing a barrage of disproportionately negative press from UK tabloids and newspapers.

While commenting on a clip of the Winfrey interview in which Markle said she had approached senior members of the royal institution for help but was denied, Morgan said: "Who did you go to? What did they say to you? I'm sorry, I don't believe a word she said, Meghan Markle. I wouldn't believe it if she read me a weather report."

Drinks at the pub, then silence

According to Morgan's version of events, he and Markle struck up a friendship after they started following each other on Twitter (Morgan had followed several actors from "Suits," and Markle followed him back). Markle told him in 2015 that she was a "big fan" of his and would send him screeners of "Suits" episodes.


"I thought we were having a good sort of friendship building," Morgan said during the 2018 "Late Late Show" appearance.

Morgan said Markle asked him whether he wanted to meet up when she would be in the UK for another event. He invited her to his local pub, where he said they had a few drinks before she was heading to a party.

"We got on brilliantly, and then I put her in a cab," Morgan said. "And it turned out to be a cab that took her to a party where she met Prince Harry. And then the next night they had a solo dinner together, and that was the last I ever heard from Meghan Markle."


"She ghosted me, Ryan!" when the host Ryan Tubridy asked what happened. "Meghan Markle ghosted me."

"I really liked her - this is why it hurts," Morgan said while laughing. "She's just a slight social climber, I'm afraid."

Morgan went on to speculate that Prince Harry might have told Markle to stop talking to him. He also said that a different actor on "Suits" had also "ghosted" him at the same time as Markle and that they seemed to have been instructed not to speak with him.


During Markle's Sunday interview with Winfrey, she said she was "given a very clear directive from the moment the world knew Harry and I were dating to always say, 'No comment'" when it came to press stories. She said her family members and friends were also told to do the same.

Piers Morgan says Meghan Markle 'ghosted' him in a resurfaced video that trended after he criticized her descriptions of mental illness
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with Oprah Winfrey.Harpo Productions/Joe Pugliese/Getty Images

Morgan has been critical of Markle's actions over the past four years, frequently comparing his experience with her to her relationship with people like her estranged father.

In their Sunday interview with Winfrey, both Prince Harry and Markle described intense pressure and mental strain caused by the UK's negative press coverage of their lives and the lack of support they felt from within the palace institution.


If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or has had thoughts of harming themselves or taking their own life, get help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) provides 24/7, free, confidential support for people in distress, as well as best practices for professionals and resources to aid in prevention and crisis situations.