Piers Morgan congratulated Prince Harry on being ‘only real royal out there’

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Piers Morgan has always divided TV audiences, but he gained new notoriety this month after taking on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Earlier this week, the presenter branded the former Suits star a “social-climber” and labelled her a “disingenuous self-serving wrecking ball”. He has also questioned whether Harry was actually happy to be a part of the couple’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey, which aired on CBS in the US and ITV in the UK at the beginning of March.

In his Mail on Sunday column, Piers wrote: “I expected such disingenuous. self-serving wrecking-ball stuff from a social-climbing Hollywood actress like Ms Markle, but for Harry to publicly shred his family and the monarchy like this, while Prince Philip was seriously ill in hospital, is so out of character for a man who once bravely served his Queen and country in war.

“He can’t be happy doing this, surely?”

Piers has not always had such a negative opinion about the Duke of Sussex, though.

Just a few months before the Prince met his now wife, the presenter congratulated Harry on being the “only real royal out there” and even argued he would have made a better king than his brother, Prince William.

In a column written in May, 2016, Piers wrote: “William’s interviews are toe-curling in their awkwardness and rigidity. I don’t say this as a criticism, but as a sad fact.

“You can tell he has zero interest in revealing anything significant about himself or his family for the delectation of the slathering populous.

“Harry, by contrast, seems to revel in being the only ‘real’ royal out there.

“His interviews, and there have been numerous ones to promote Invictus, are suffused with wit, passion, spontaneity and openness.”

For this reason, Piers claimed, Harry would have made a “great King”.

He explained: “He’d be a very modern, very different one, but that’s essential for maintaining the monarchy’s appeal going forward.

“He’d also be a lot of fun, get stuff done, confine the crusty old royal officiousness to the gilt-edged dustbin of posterity, and be hugely popular around the world.

“Above all, I think Harry would love doing it.

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“Isn’t a happy, confident King better than an unhappy, acutely self-conscious one?”

In the tell-all interview with Oprah, though, the Duke of Sussex suggested he would not have liked to be the heir to the throne.

Harry claimed his brother and his father, Prince Charles, are “trapped” in the system of monarchy.

The Duke of Sussex told the American chat show host: “I myself was trapped.

“I didn’t see a way out. I was trapped but I didn’t know I was trapped.”

Asked what he meant, Harry replied: “Trapped within the system, like the rest of my family are.

“My father and my brother, they are trapped. They don’t get to leave.”

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Prince Charles, the Queen’s son, is next in line to the throne, while Prince William is second in the line of succession.

A source close to the Royal Family has dismissed Harry’s claims and told the Sunday Times William does not believe he is “trapped” in any way.

Instead, the Duke of Cambridge has “accepted” his role and “the path set for him”.

The royal source told Roya Nikkhah: “He is very much his grandmother’s grandson in that respect of duty and service.”

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