MEGHAN Markle seems to have captivated Australians in her short stay Down Under ‚ÄĒ but back home, trouble is brewing with an influential broadcaster labelling her a fake and a phoney.
Former tabloid editor Piers Morgan, now Good Morning Britain host, was scathing about the Duchess of Sussex in a live-to-air rant on UK television this morning (local time).
The hosts were talking about the royal tour of Australia, and looking at vision of the couple‚Äôs visit to drought-stricken Dubbo when Morgan unleashed on the 37-year-old.
‚ÄúShe is an actress. She‚Äôs acting great at the moment.‚ÄĚ
Not long afterwards, Morgan tweeted a picture of a mesmerised Meghan looking at Prince Harry with the caption: ‚ÄúOnce an actress …‚ÄĚ
Morgan‚Äôs hosts teased him about Meghan ignoring him one night they crossed paths in London, but he said that had nothing to do with it.
Co-host Susanna Reid said: ‚ÄúYou still can‚Äôt let it go, can you Piers? The fact she left the pub that day and never spoke to you ever again.‚ÄĚ
He denied that was the case.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a red light when people behave like that, in an odd manner … the axe came down, as it did with the dad, axed ‚ÄĒ everyone of her family … worrying …‚ÄĚ
Some Twitter users thought his comments were funny, but most praised Meghan for ignoring him.
‚ÄúI don‚Äôt blame Megan ignoring her family. After seeing the way they have all behaved I would too. As for ignoring Piers, I feel for anyone who comes into contact with him,‚ÄĚ one said.
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‚ÄĒ Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 17, 2018
Another wrote: ‚ÄúAs much as I hate @piersmorgan he is TV gold. His comments about Megan Kardashian Markle were hilarious.‚ÄĚ
Meghan fans would have been pleased to see Morgan got a pie in the face in a later, unrelated segment on the show.
‚ÄĒ The Scottish Sun (@ScottishSun) October 17, 2018
Meanwhile, the Duchess is hardly likely to worry about Morgan given the reaction she and Harry are getting wherever they go in Australia.
In Dubbo, Prince Harry spoke to the crowd about the need for a community to stick together.
‚ÄúYou must not silently suffer and, if I may speak personally, we are all in this together, because asking for help was one of the best decisions I ever made.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúI just think that it‚Äôs lovely that they got off the beaten track and came out to Dubbo to speak with people affected by the drought,‚ÄĚ Warren farmer Audrey Weston told AAP.
‚ÄúHe offered to stay for two weeks so we could have some more of the rain.‚ÄĚ
Their first official engagement in Dubbo was at the dedication of a new plane for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
They ended the day with a visit to the Dubbo College Senior Campus. School captain Grace Gower said they felt privileged the royal couple chose their school to visit, and were also grateful they brought the rain.