Piers Morgan fury over being ‘uninvited from royal funeral’ before Meghan Markle fallout

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PIERS MORGAN claimed he had “definitely been set up” after allegedly being “banned” from Princess Diana’s funeral.

He also claimed Diana would have been “horrified” over the allegations of racism within the Royal Family – which the royals firmly reject.

Piers described Meghan and Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey as an “appalling smearing of the Queen” that was “already causing damage” in Commonwealth countries.

He believed the “outrageous lie” regarding Archie’s “skin colour” was believed by many but insisted Her Majesty was not “presiding over a racist institution”.

During his interview, he reiterated how close he was to Diana and said he “knew” her “well”.

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Piers Morgan gave insight into his relationship with Princess Diana (Image: GETTY)

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Piers Morgan bonded with Princess Diana over a ‘two-hour hour’ lunch at Buckingham Palace (Image: GETTY)

Previously, Piers described how a friendship flourished between them, during a 2019 LBC interview.

He revealed that she leaked stories to him and during a “two-three-hour” lunch “spilled her heart out on all sorts of stuff”.

After those moments of bonding, Piers claimed Diana “would ring me up” for advice about the press and he would call her too.

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Piers Morgan gave his first interview after quitting Good Morning Britain over Meghan Markle remarks (Image: GETTY)

Piers described the royal as “the most hunted person… but also one of the most manipulative people I’ve encountered using the media”.

He claimed she was “able to be a victim and someone who used the media at the same time”.

Some have made comparisons between Diana and Meghan, including the Duchess and Harry’s demand for “privacy” while also using the press.

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Piers Morgan laid-into Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for their tell-all chat with Oprah Winfrey (Image: GETTY)

This was followed by their interview with Oprah in February, where they exposed their alleged treatment by both the media and Royal Family.

In words that echo Meghan, Piers claimed the paparazzi were “hunting” Diana “like a pack”.

While the former GMB star appeared sympathetic towards the “People’s Princess”, he has shown less empathy for Harry’s wife.

This included his attempt to rubbish her claims about considering suicide and struggling with mental health after the couple’s interview with Oprah.

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Express.co.uk recounts Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ romantic timeline (Image: EXPRESS)

During their tell-all, Harry admitted his biggest fear was “history repeating itself” – a remark he has made many times since their announcement to leave roles within the Firm last year.

He referred to Diana’s death, which followed a car crash in Paris, alongside her partner Dodi Fayed and driver Henri Paul.

It appeared that the couple was being pursued by the paparazzi when the tragic incident occurred.

Correspondence between Diana and Piers featured heavily in the former ITV star’s 2005 memoir The Insider: The Private Diaries From A Scandalous Decade.

Piers admitted having “never seen anything like” the outpouring of grief following Diana’s death – “not even [for] Elvis [Presley] or [John] Lennon”.

He noted she was the “biggest star of the modern world” and thought the extreme reaction to her passing – “sobbing in the street” – was “extraordinary”.

When he received a call from Lord Chamberlain “formally inviting” him – as the editor of the Daily Mirror – to Diana’s funeral, he was shocked.

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Piers Morgan admitted he never reacted to any story like the death of Princess Diana in 1997 (Image: GETTY)

Piers described there was a “firm decision to invite the editors of every newspaper” and said he accepted because it seemed “churlish not to”.

Later, the star claimed he was asked not to attend the funeral, adding that the then editors of The Sun and The Daily Mail told him the same thing.

Piers wrote: “We’ve definitely been set up here.”

The following day, he claimed, “the broadsheets all ran with TABLOID EDITORS BANNED FROM FUNERAL”.

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Piers Morgan claimed Princess Diana would be ‘horrified’ by the ‘feud’ between William and Harry (Image: GETTY)

Watching on TV, Piers described feeling a “weird empathy” with Earl Spencer – Diana’s brother – as he made his now-famous speech at the funeral.

He explained: “I just sat crying in the chair, totally and physically exhausted…

“I have never reacted to any story like this, but then there has never been anyone in my professional life like Diana.

“I guess part of my distress is also to do with the fact that there never will be again.”

Piers admitted finding her passing “terribly upsetting” like the “millions of others” in the country “and around the world”.

Piers Morgan’s The Insider: The Private Diaries Of A Scandalous Decade was published by Ebury Press in 2005 and is available here. 

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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