Piers Morgan has slammed Meghan Markle’s friend Patrick J Adams after the Suits actor hit out at the Royal Family and suggested it should be abolished.
The GMB presenter branded him a ‘jumped-up twerp’ and said his comments were ‘disgusting’ after the Canadian actor’s lengthy Twitter post.
The spat came after Buckingham Palace opened an investigation into allegations the Duke and Duchess of Sussex bullied staff at Kensington Palace.
The GMB presenter branded the Suits actor (pictured with Meghan in the show) a ‘jumped-up twerp’ and said his comments were ‘disgusting’ after the Canadian actor’s lengthy Twitter post
Piers Morgan (pictured) has slammed Meghan Markle’s friend Patrick J Adams after the Suits actor hit out at the Royal Family and suggested it should be abolished
Mr Adams, 39, who played Meghan’s onscreen husband, wrote: ‘Meghan Markle and I spent the better part of a decade working together on Suits.
‘From day one she was an enthusiastic, kind, cooperative, giving, joyful and supportive member of our television family. She remained that person and colleague as fame, prestige and power accrued.
‘She has always been a powerful woman with a deep sense of morality and a fierce work ethic and has never been afraid to speak up, be heard and defend herself and those she holds dear.
‘Like the rest of the world, I have watched her navigate the last few years in astonishment.
‘She fell in love, moved to a new country, became a household name across the entire globe and began the difficult work of trying to find her place in a family dynamic that can at best be described as complicated and at worst, seemingly archaic and toxic.’
He went on: ‘And then they welcomed Archie. And on any sort of decent planet that would be a time to stop sharpening the knives and let these two people enjoy the magical early months and years of starting a family. But we don’t live on that planet and instead the hunt continued.
‘It’s OBSCENE that the Royal Family, who’s newest member is currently GROWING INSIDE OF HER, is promoting and amplifying accusations of ‘bullying’ against a woman who herself was basically forced to flea the UK in order protect her family and her own mental health.
‘IMO, this newest chapter and it’s timing is just another stunning example of the shamelessness of a institution that has outlived its relevance, is way overdrawn on credibility and apparently bankrupt of decency.
‘Find someone else to admonish, berate and torment. My friend Meghan is way out of your league.’
Mr Morgan, 55, replied: ‘Actually, what’s ”OBSCENE” is your friend trashing her husband’s family on global TV as the Queen’s 99-yr-old husband lies in hospital.
‘How dare you attack our Royal Family like this, you jumped-up little twerp.’
He added: ‘Meghan Markle’s showbiz mates who flew over and grovelled up to the Royals at her wedding now publicly trashing the Monarchy – and suggesting it be abolished.
At least 10 former members of royal staff are prepared to take part in the Buckingham Palace inquiry, which will be conducted by the human resources department, the Mirror reported.
Buckingham Palace said it was ‘very concerned’ by the bullying accusations made by former royal staff against Meghan as it launched the investigation this week.
Past and present employees have been invited to speak in confidence about their experiences of working for the duchess.
Jason Knauf, the Sussexes’ then communications secretary, is said to have made a bullying complaint in October 2018 in an apparent attempt to get Buckingham Palace to protect staff.
Mr Knauf reportedly sent an email outlining the duchess’s alleged actions to Simon Case, the Duke of Cambridge’s then private secretary and now the Cabinet Secretary, after conversations with Samantha Carruthers, the head of human resources.
On Wednesday, the Palace confirmed that its HR team will ‘look into’ the allegations, saying it ‘does not and will not tolerate bullying or harassment in the workplace’
The bullying claims emerged in a 2018 email sent by Harry and Meghan’s press chief Jason Knauf, who now works for Prince William. This sparked an extraordinary chain of events where the Sussexes accused Buckingham Palace of smearing them. The Queen then launched an inquiry into the bullying claims
Mr Case then forwarded it to Ms Carruthers, who was based at Clarence House.
Downing Street said Boris Johnson continued to have full confidence in Simon Case, but the bullying allegations were a matter for the palace.
Mr Knauf wrote in his email: ‘I am very concerned that the duchess was able to bully two PAs out of the household in the past year. The treatment of X was totally unacceptable.
‘The duchess seems intent on always having someone in her sights. She is bullying Y and seeking to undermine her confidence.
‘We have had report after report from people who have witnessed unacceptable behaviour towards Y.’
Mr Knauf left a few months after making his allegations and is now a close aide to Harry’s brother, working as the chief executive of William and Kate’s Royal Foundation.
Meghan’s spokesman said: ‘The duchess is saddened by this latest attack on her character, particularly as someone who has been the target of bullying herself and is deeply committed to supporting those who have experienced pain and trauma.
‘She is determined to continue her work building compassion around the world and will keep striving to set an example for doing what is right and doing what is good.’