Meghan Markle filed a complaint against Piers Morgan to ITV

Catriona Harvey-Jenner
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Photo credit: Harpo Productions/Joe Pugliese - Getty Images
Photo credit: Harpo Productions/Joe Pugliese - Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

Meghan Markle is believed to have filed a complaint to ITV about Piers Morgan's handling of her sharing that she suffered suicidal thoughts during her time in the royal family.

Piers Morgan launched a tirade of disbelief towards the Duchess of Sussex - who is reported to have 'cut him off' after the pair met years ago - following her brave opening up during her interview with Oprah Winfrey about the difficulties she went through when she was pregnant with Archie. Morgan spoke extensively on Good Morning Britain about his distrust of Meghan's personal experience, saying: "I don't believe a word she says. I wouldn't believe her if she read me a weather report."

It was later announced that the presenter quit the ITV breakfast show, with a statement from the broadcaster reading: "Following discussions with ITV, Piers Morgan has decided now is the time to leave Good Morning Britain. ITV has accepted this decision and has nothing further to add."

Since then, Piers Morgan has maintained his stance on Meghan Markle, tweeting: "On Monday, I said I didn’t believe Meghan Markle in her Oprah interview. I’ve had time to reflect on this opinion, and I still don’t. If you did, OK. Freedom of speech is a hill I’m happy to die on."

Photo credit: Harpo Productions/Joe Pugliese - Getty Images
Photo credit: Harpo Productions/Joe Pugliese - Getty Images

It's now been reported that after Monday morning's Good Morning Britain show, the Duchess of Sussex personally wrote to ITV's CEO, raising concern about how Piers' words may be damaging to others suffering from mental health issues. And she's got a point. As mental health charity Mind put it: "People can find it difficult to talk about suicidal feelings, sometimes because they’re worried about the reactions of others or because they can’t find the words to express themselves. They might hide how they are feeling and convince loved ones they are coping."

Being worried about the reactions of others - and perhaps being disbelieved - is one of the reasons people may keep quiet about their suicidal thoughts. But keeping quiet about struggles prevents people from seeking help, and brings greater risk of taking their own life.

Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

By sharing her own moments of deep distress, the Duchess of Sussex clearly intended to show that it's important to share intrusive, suicidal thoughts with others. A problem shared is a problem halved, as the saying goes. But in dismissively rubbishing her experiences, people like Piers Morgan are only validating that fear of opening up for others going through the exact same thing.

Meghan Markle's team were unable to comment on any complaint, but with 41,000 letters of objection sent to media regulator Ofcom about Monday Morning's GMB, it seems the feeling of concern around Piers' handling of this sensitive issue is certainly mutual.

The Samaritans provide a free, confidential, 24-hour phone support available by calling 116 123 or emailing jo@samaritans.org. You don’t have to be suicidal to ask The Samaritans for help.

For information, support and advice about mental health problems and where to get support, visit Mind’s website at www.mind.org.ukor call Mind’s Infoline on 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 6.00pm).

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