Piers Morgan wrote a long reprimand of Prince Harry after he appeared on a podcast and denigrated the First Amendment.
The Duke of Sussex has faced backlash from US politicians after his appearance in the latest episode of Dax Shepard and Monica Padman’s ‘Armchair Expert’ podcast.
While discussing life in Los Angeles – where Harry and his wife Meghan Markle have settled since leaving the UK – the 36-year-old discussed the intense media scrutiny that resulted from his stay at the mansion by producer and actor Tyler Perry in Beverly Hills. He specifically challenged the paparazzi.
“I don’t want to start going down the First Amendment route because it’s such a huge topic and I don’t understand because I’ve only been here for a short time,” Harry told the hosts. “But, you can find a loophole in anything. And you can capitalize on or leverage what isn’t said rather than sticking to what is said. “
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“I have so much to say about the First Amendment that I kind of understand, but it’s crazy,” he concluded.
His comments appeared to elicit a big backlash from Piers Morgan, who wrote an op-ed to the DailyMail in which he fired the British royal for blasting one of America’s most sacred institutions.
“The First Amendment is one of the things I admire the most about the United States, especially from a country like Great Britain where freedom of speech for journalists like me is now heavily regulated.” , Morgan, who recently quit her job at ‘Good Morning Britain’ after tearing up Markle, 39, over comments she and Harry made during an interview with Oprah Winfrey.
“Like so many absurd psychobabbles inspired by Meghan that springs from [Harry’s] mouth, none of this makes sense, and he clearly doesn’t understand what he’s saying either. “
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have previously attacked media outlets who wrote about them unfavorably, making the concept of press freedom and media saturation a topic close to home. Morgan, 56, went on to entangle Markle with her husband, noting that he believed their past media contacts put them at odds with America’s fundamental press freedom.
“While we can safely assume that he hates anything that offers protection for journalists to say things that he doesn’t like, as it is a familiar theme to the indignant prince who has hated the media for a few years” Morgan wrote. ‘It’s the same mindset that makes Meghan think she can complain to the bosses of the TV channels when presenters like me refuse to believe her lies – and gets them fired from their posts if we don’t apologize not for our impertinence. “
He goes on to note that Americans won’t be too kind to their First Amendment being challenged by someone in Harry’s position.
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“All Americans will take away from Harry’s outburst over the First Amendment is a classy and privileged British royal who slams their Constitution and their inalienable rights to freedom of speech and expression,” a- he concluded, adding, “It takes an extraordinary amount of legitimate arrogance to poke fun at the most revered cornerstone in the history of your adopted country.” “
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In addition to criticizing the royal couple for Harry’s comments on the First Amendment, Morgan used his lengthy editorial to sound on other parts of the interview that upset him, such as talking about his upbringing in the “privileged” environment of the royal family, comparing it to being on «The Truman Show», «un zoo» and noting the ” pain and suffering“His father, Prince Charles, subjected him to it.