On Monday morning’s GMB, Morgan had delivered a scathing review of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, which was aired on Sunday night to US audiences, before being shown in the UK on Monday evening.
During the interview, the couple, now living in the US, laid bare their brief lives as a working royal couple, alleging that a member of the family – not the Queen or Duke of Edinburgh – made a racist comment about their unborn son. Archie.
Discussing it on Tuesday morning’s GMB, Beresford said: “They’ve had an overwhelming amount of negative press.
“You know, I watched the programme yesterday and, yes, they had some great press around the wedding, but what press is going to trash someone’s special day?
“There was bad press around the engagement before the engagement, and everything that has followed since has been incredibly damaging, quite clearly, to Meghan’s mental health and also to Harry.
“And I hear Piers say William has gone through the same thing but, do you know what, siblings experience tragedy in their life and one will be absolutely fine and brush it off and the other will not be able to deal with it so strongly and that is clearly what has happened with Harry in this situation.
“He walked behind his mother’s coffin at a tender, tender age in front of the globe. That is going to shape a young boy for the rest of his life, so I think we all need to take a step back, and I understand that you don’t like Meghan Markle, you’ve made it so clear a number of times on this programme…”
“And I understand 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…”
Morgan then stood up and said: “OK, I’m done with this” and walked off set, saying: “Sorry, no… sorry, can’t do this…”
Soon after, Edinburgh Council leader McVey took to social media to call Morgan a “bully”.
Posting on Twitter, he wrote: “All bullies are cowards”.
Morgan’s scathing comments on Monday also drew criticism from mental health charity Mind.
The charity criticised the ITV host and said it was “disappointed and concerned” by his comments after Meghan said she had had suicidal thoughts.
Dame Carolyn McCall, chief executive of ITV, said on a media call following the group’s annual results also published on Tuesday that she had not spoken to Morgan or seen the programme yet, given that she was presenting the figures.
She said Morgan walking off set was not “manufactured”.
Dame Carolyn added that ITV managing director of media and entertainment Kevin Lygo had been in discussion with Morgan in recent days regarding his coverage of the Harry and Meghan interview.
Buckingham Palace has not yet responded to the Sussexes’ interview.