Ex-'Top Gear' presenter Jeremy Clarkson calls Meghan Markle a 'silly little cable TV actress' in op-ed defending Piers Morgan

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Jeremy Clarkson. Matt Crossick/PA
  • Jeremy Clarkson wrote an op-ed defending Piers Morgan.

  • Clarkson described Meghan Markle as a "silly little cable TV actress" who is "toast."

  • He argued that the royal family has weathered worse storms than Markle's Oprah Winfrey interview.

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"Grand Tour" presenter Jeremy Clarkson defended Piers Morgan in an op-ed for The Sun over the weekend following Morgan's dramatic exit from "Good Morning Britain" after comments he made about Meghan Markle sparked thousands of complaints.

Clarkson and Morgan have previously been notorious public foes, with the two men famously coming to blows in 2004 at the British Press Awards. But writing in The Sun, Clarkson said he found Meghan and Harry's tell-all interview with Oprah "especially weird" because "for the first time ever, I found myself in full agreement with both Nigel Farage AND Piers Morgan."

He continued to say that Markle is "much revered by the young and the stupid who believe that her brand of simpering victimhood will one day bring down the monarchy, but it won't," before arguing that the British royal family has endured far worse than the current controversy including "beheadings, affairs, abdications."

"If the British monarchy can soldier on through that," he said, "I'm fairly sure it'll be able to weather the banal musings of a silly little cable TV actress."

Jeremy Clarkson
Clarkson is a host on Amazon's "Grand Tour." REUTERS/Action Images

Clarkson added: "Trust me on this one. Markle's toast, and within five years, I suspect she'll be posing for photographs, on her own outside the Taj Mahal or sitting on the back of a playboy's yacht in the Med, and poor old Piers will realize that he lost his job over absolutely nothing at all."

Last week, the British broadcasting regulator Ofcom confirmed that it had received 57,121 complaints - the most ever filed with the regulator - about two episodes of "Good Morning Britain" that aired on March 8 and 9 in which Morgan reacted to Markle and Prince Harry's tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.

During the first episode in question, Morgan said he "didn't believe a word" Markle said in response to a clip from the interview where she disclosed her experience with suicidal thoughts during her time as a working royal. And on the second, Morgan stormed off during the live broadcast after being confronted by his colleague, weather presenter Alex Beresford, who condemned Morgan's continued "trashing" of Markle.

That same day, Morgan announced he would be leaving the show.

Several mental-health charities condemned Morgan's comments, including the leading charity Mind, which said it was "concerned and disappointed" by Morgan's response.

In a full statement, Mind said: "We were disappointed and concerned to see Piers Morgan's comments on not believing Meghan's experiences about suicidal thoughts today. It's vital that when people reach out for support or share their experiences of ill mental health that they are treated with dignity, respect, and empathy. We are in conversations with ITV about this at the moment."

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