Meghan ‘more determined than ever’ after Piers Morgan’s Ofcom win, expert says
Meghan Markle is said to be “more determined than ever” after Piers Morgan was cleared by Ofcom of any wrongdoing for his comments about her.
The watchdog ruled that Piers was allowed to voice his opinions on the explosive interview Meghan gave to Oprah Winfrey, despite the Duchess herself lodging a complaint.
Writer and broadcaster Adam Helliker claimed this ruling will fuel Meghan to speak out, which he says will widen the rift between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Royal family.
Speaking to The Sun, he said: "I think she’s going to feel more determined and it will up her game so to speak.
"She will convince all her followers that this is how Britain operates. I think she will see it as yet another method of protecting the Royal Family.
“And it just kind of – the divide is getting ever deeper. And the longer it goes on, the rift, you just wonder, how on earth can they ever come back from that?
"They will up their game in terms of putting out more statements, being more independent and just pushing away even further.”
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On Wednesday, Ofcom ruled that Piers’ comments about Meghan did not breach the broadcasting code after they gained more than 50,000 complaints – a record number for the watchdog.
Piers sensationally left Good Morning Britain after refusing to apologise for his remarks where he said he did not believe Meghan had gone to the Palace for help after having thoughts of suicide.
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Ofcom said that while his comments were "potentially harmful and highly offensive" they were thoroughly challenged by his co-host Susanna Reid and ITV News's royal editor Chris Ship during the programme.
The judgment said: "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.”
Piers tweeted out that the decision was a “resounding victory for free speech and a resounding defeat for Princess Pinocchios.”
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