Piers Morgan has mocked the Sussexes for making Time’s list of top 100 most influential people.
Time magazine announced that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had made the outlet’s Most Influential People list and even graced the cover.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex appeared on the cover of the American magazine yesterday, which coincided with Prince Harry’s 37th birthday.
TIME tweeted a quote from Chef Jose Andres who praised the Sussexes for their compassion: “In a world where everyone has an opinion about people they don’t know, the duke and duchess have compassion for the people they don’t know. They don’t just opine. They run toward the struggle.”
Piers retweeted the quote with not one, but eight “rolling on the floor laughing” emojis, which sparked a wave of replies dunking on the former Good Morning Britain host for still being mad about the time Meghan ghosted him.
Piers Stefan Pughe-Morgan, 56, is an English broadcaster, journalist, writer, and television personality. Morgan began his Fleet Street career in 1988 at The Sun.
In 1994, aged 29, he was appointed editor of the News of the World by Rupert Murdoch, which made him the youngest editor of a British national newspaper in more than half a century. From 1995, he edited the Daily Mirror but was sacked in 2004.
Morgan’s outspoken views and controversial comments on Good Morning Britain led Ofcom to settle on multiple occasions. On 9 March 2021, he left the program with immediate effect, following his criticism of Oprah with Meghan and Harry’s interview.
He stormed off-air as he locked horns with weatherman Alex Beresford over claims made by the Sussex’s in the interview. His comments where he branded Meghan a “liar” saw a record of 58,000 complaints including a complaint from Meghan, Duchess of Sussex herself; Pierce was subsequently cleared of wrongdoing by Ofcom.
Since then, Piers became one of the couple’s strident critics and has been routinely called out for his “obsession” with Markle who reportedly never called him back after one date.
The TV personality has been writing salty columns about the Duchess for the Daily Mail, and this latest jab at her Time magazine cover is just more evidence that he’s not done with the couple.
Others agreed with the TV personality’s opinion, including royal biographer Angela Levin.
Angela said: “Sure they did some good things, absolutely, but if you’re saying they are the world’s most influential people, you have to take into account the negative.”
“I don’t see how you can crown someone as influential when they are so bitter and angry with her in-laws and his own family while spouting out criticism which has often been found out to be a lie. It’s absolutely baffling.”
She continued: “The lies, the disrespect they have shown to a woman of 95 – one of the most respected women in the world, who recently lost her husband – just because they don’t like some of the things she’s said and done.”
“It’s absolutely appalling. The world’s most influential people? Surely not on the values of family,” she added.
She even went on to acknowledge the couple’s discrepancies over the year by saying they might have done a good job for climate change but the couple flies on a private plane whenever they want.
She asks if that is an influential thing adding that the Sussexes haven’t been too compassionate with a lot of people and said “I just don’t understand that within 100 people, how they could come into it.”
Although Richard Fitzwilliams, a royal commentator, believes the couple is trying to insert Meghan into the political sphere with the cover shoot.
He said: “This magazine cover has made it very very clear what’s in the couple’s mind – and especially Meghan’s mind – and that’s politics. It must be!”
“I think there is absolutely no doubt that if they made the cover it’s not about what they’ve achieved, but what they could achieve,” he added. “They’re going to become more and more visible. I think that they’re looking at politics.”
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle quit their royal duties in 2020 and moved from Britain to California to build an independent life. Launching their Archewell Foundation, as well as cutting lucrative deals for producing TV shows and a podcast.
Time magazine editor, chief Edward Felsenthal said the 100 list features extraordinary leaders who in a year of crisis have soared into the conflict.