A complete timeline of how Piers Morgan met Meghan Markle and went from publicly singing her praises to trashing her on TV

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TV host Piers Morgan and the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle. Getty Images
  • Piers Morgan claims Meghan Markle ghosted him after they met up for platonic drinks in 2016.
  • He went from writing that she’s got “beauty” and “brains” to being one of her most vocal critics.
  • See how they first met over Twitter, and their one-sided fallout, in Insider’s full timeline.
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Piers Morgan recently quit his TV show, “Good Morning Britain,” after reportedly refusing to apologize to Meghan Markle on air.

The British morning show had received more than 41,000 complaints, including one from Markle herself reportedly, following Morgan’s accusations that the Duchess of Sussex was lying about having suicidal thoughts during her time with the royal family.

According to Morgan, he and Markle were once “friends” after they began following one another on Twitter and met up for platonic drinks.

Keep reading for a full timeline of the two celebrities’ initial friendship, and how Morgan went from publicly praising Markle to regularly disparaging her on TV and in his Daily Mail columns.

Fall 2015: Piers Morgan starts following a few of actors from “Suits” on Twitter, and Meghan Markle follows him back.
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Meghan Markle starred in ‘Suits’ from 2011 to 2017. USA Network
According to Morgan, he started watching the USA series “Suits” and then followed several of the cast members on Twitter.

Markle followed him back, and sent him a direct message, writing that she was a “big fan” of his. 

Morgan had been a judge on the reality competition show, “America’s Got Talent,” from 2006 to 2011, and returned as a guest judge in 2015.

He also had become a notable TV host on US channels by this time, and joined “Good Morning Britain” in the fall of 2015.



September 2015: Morgan shares an article Markle wrote about her personal experiences with racism as a biracial woman. He calls it “brilliant.”
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Meghan Markle in 2015. Getty/Robin Marchant

The Elle magazine essay Markle wrote described her experience growing up with a white father and Black mother, and how it shaped her sense of self.

Markle also shared several anecdotes about racist behavior she and her mother had encountered over the years.

Fall 2015 through Spring 2016 : Morgan tweets about “Suits,” and says Markle is sending him screener episodes.
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Piers Morgan in 2016. Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images
“Meghan very kindly emailed the episodes to me,” he replied to someone on Twitter. “She’s good to her superfans.”
June 2016: Morgan tags Markle in a tweet saying it was great to finally meet her.


Though Markle has since deleted her Twitter account, which means any public correspondence with Morgan has been removed, Morgan later said in an online column that he tagged Markle after she tweeted about seeing a “friend” in the UK.

“Great to finally meet you too @meghanmarkle,” Morgan wrote on Twitter. 

When someone replied to Morgan and called him him a “lucky guy,” the TV host replied: “I think Meghan knows she was the lucky one…”


July 2016: Markle and Prince Harry begin privately seeing each other after they were set up on a blind date.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Phil Noble/Pool/Getty Images
According to the couple, a mutual friend set them up on a blind date at Soho House’s Dean Street Townhouse.
October 2016: News breaks that Prince Harry and Markle have been dating for a few months.
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Getty/Chris Jackson
The Sunday Express was the first outlet to report that Prince Harry had a new girlfriend, a TV star from California named Meghan Markle.
November 1, 2016: Morgan tags Markle in a tweet, asking about the next season of “Suits.”

“Hi @meghanmarkle, I have a vital question to ask you on behalf of all British subjects: when’s the next series of [‘Suits’] airing here?” the TV host wrote. 

He included the crown emoji at the end of his tweet.


November 8, 2016: Prince Harry releases a statement via Kensington Palace, confirming his relationship with Markle while calling out the “wave of abuse and harassment” directed at her.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Jeremy Selwyn/WPA Pool/Getty Images
The statement said a line had been “crossed” when it came to the media’s coverage of his girlfriend, saying she had been “subject to a wave of abuse and harassment.”

The statement continued: “Some of this has been very public – the smear on the front page of a national newspaper; the racial undertones of comment pieces; and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments.” 

It also referenced how her friends, coworkers, and loved ones had been bombarded by members of the press. 


November 12, 2016: Morgan publishes a Daily Mail column detailing everything he and Markle talked about when they met earlier that year.

“Meghan and I chatted for 90 minutes,” Morgan wrote. “Long enough for me to get a good insight into the new Royal girlfriend.”

He detailed how she had messaged him on Twitter to say she’d be in town, and would like to say hi. The two met at a local pub and talked for awhile until she had to leave for a dinner party.

“Next night, she was spotted in Soho House with Prince Harry,” Morgan wrote at the time. “I’m not surprised he’s fallen for her, or that he’s so ferociously protecting their relationship.” 

He continued: “Meghan’s got beauty, brains, charm and a great sense of humour. She’s also an ambitious, hard-working and talented actress with an impressive passion for things she believes in.”

Morgan addressed Prince Harry in the column, telling him to “ignore all the poisonous rubbish you’re reading or hearing about her.”

“Meghan Markle is perfect princess material,” he concluded. “Just put any proposal in writing.”

May 2017: Morgan tweets saying that his “sole interest” in Pippa Middleton’s wedding was what Meghan Markle was going to wear.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Chris Jackson/Getty Images
Markle was Harry’s date at the wedding reception, though she wasn’t at the ceremony due to a “no ring, no bring” rule.

“Is it wrong that my sole interest in Pippa Middleton’s wedding is what @meghanmarkle wears?” he wrote.


November 2017: Prince Harry and Markle announce their engagement, and Morgan says “[his] friend will make the perfect modern bride.” He also tags Markle and asked if he’ll be invited to the wedding.
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Piers Morgan. Jeff Schear/Getty
“Congrats Meghan & Harry,” the TV host wrote on Twitter in response to the official announcement of their engagement. “My friend will make the perfect modern bride. ps Do I get an invite @meghanmarkle?”


November 2017: Morgan pens a Daily Mail column headlined: “Hearty congratulations, Harry, you picked a real keeper (even if your romance did destroy my beautiful friendship with the amazing Meghan Markle).”
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Piers Morgan. Ramin Talaie/Getty Images
The column included transcripts of the messages shared between Markle and Morgan on the day they were going to meet, including Markle’s initial “Would love to say hi!” direct message on Twitter.

Morgan, who has been married since 2010, called the evening a “strictly platonic […] date in the Scarsdale.”

The broadcaster said he didn’t hear from Markle again, “which is perfectly understandable under the circumstances (though I desperately miss her sending me those early ‘Suits’ episode links!).”

“I’m guessing the words ‘Hey darling, fancy going to the pub with my ex tabloid newspaper editor mate Piers?’ were never going to go down very well with His Royal Highness, even if we are neighbours and I was once quite pally with his mum Diana,” Morgan wrote.

He wrote “all will be forgiven though” if he were to get an invite to the wedding, or “better still,” an invite to Harry’s stag night or bachelor party.

Morgan also told the story of their meeting on “Good Morning Britain,” and called Markle a “very smart, and very warm, nice, funny person.

January 2018: Markle deletes her Instagram and Twitter accounts.
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Prince Harry Meghan Markle at their engagement announcement. Chris Jackson / Getty
Just a month after her engagement to Prince Harry was announced, Markle deactivated her personal social media accounts.
May 19, 2018: Prince Harry and Markle tie the knot at Windsor Castle. Piers Morgan is not among the invited guests.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the steps of St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle following their wedding ceremony in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry share a moment. Danny Lawson – WPA Pool/Getty Images
Celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Idris Elba, and Priyanka Chopra were invited to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding, but Morgan was not among them.
May 21, 2018: Morgan pens a Daily Mail column addressed “Dear Meghan,” and accuses her of “scripting” the perfect day for her wedding and turning in “an Oscar-winning performance.”
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Meghan Markle on her wedding day. AP
The whole column was written as if it was a letter to Markle herself.

Morgan brought up their in-person meeting once again, and also warned the new Duchess of Sussex against “poking the bear” when it comes to bringing feminism and politics into the royal family.

“You can’t preach about everyone getting a fair shake when you yourself are getting the most prestigious, privileged and unequal shake imaginable, simply for getting married, to a man,” he wrote.

“There is no better feminist role model for you than the Queen who has spent a lifetime keeping her opinions to herself yet is the most respected woman alive,” the column continued.

September 2018: Morgan goes on the “Late Late Show” and retells his story about meeting Markle.
This was the beginning of Morgan’s story changing to the “Meghan Markle ghosted me” narrative.

“We got on brilliantly and then I put her in a cab,” Morgan said. “And it turned out to be a cab that took her to a party where she met Prince Harry. And then the next night they had a solo dinner together, and that was the last I ever heard from Meghan Markle.”

“She ghosted me, Ryan!” when the host Ryan Tubridy asked what happened. “Meghan Markle ghosted me.”

“I really liked her — this is why it hurts,” Morgan said while laughing. “She’s just a slight social climber, I’m afraid.”

December 2018: Morgan becomes increasingly critical of Markle, and interviews her estranged father on “Good Morning Britain.”
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Markle’s reportedly contentious relationship with her father had been heavily publicized throughout 2017 and 2018. You can see a timeline of the reported events of that relationship, including Thomas Markle’s staged paparazzi photos, here.

Morgan was one of the reporters who landed an exclusive interview with Thomas Markle, giving him platform to speak on “Good Morning Britain.” Morgan was particularly critical of the fact that Thomas had not attended the wedding (a circumstance for which the TV host blamed Meghan Markle).

December 2018: Morgan writes a new column with the headline “Meghan Markle is a ruthless social climbing actress who has landed the role of her life and is determined to milk it for all she can.”
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In this new column, Morgan’s version of events from the night they met up now included the claim that Markle had “asked [him] for advice on her career and the media, and if she could come on ‘Good Morning Britain’ next time she was over.”

The previous columns he wrote about their meeting had made no mention of these requests for advice or TV-show appearances.

He also shared the text of a conversation he had between her “Suits” costar Rick Hoffman after Hoffman attended the royal wedding.

“Piers! I am very sorry for not responding,” Morgan claims Hoffman said in a message. “You must understand, once I heard the news, out of respect for Meghan, I couldn’t share a thing. Now I can share fun stuff! I would love to catch up at that favorite pub of yours. Hope to hear from you pal. Love you pal. Rick.”

Morgan says he didn’t reply to Hoffman because he didn’t understand and found the behavior “rude.”

“I’d been ‘played’ by a couple of B-list actors, who were clearly just using me to advance their careers,” Morgan wrote in his column.

“And frankly, who am I, a former tabloid newspaper editor, to take a dim view of such ruthless antics?” he continued. “But on another level, the whole experience left me feeling suspicious and cynical about Ms Markle.”

January 2019: Markle privately tells Prince Harry she was experiencing suicidal ideations.
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Markle latered reveal in her tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey that just before attending an event at Royal Albert Hall on January 16, 2019, she had told Prince Harry she was having thoughts about not “[wanting] to be alive anymore.”

“It was like, ‘These are the thoughts that I’m having in the middle of the night that are very clear … And I’m scared, because this is very real,” Markle told Winfrey. “This isn’t some abstract idea. This is methodical, and this is not who I am.’ But we had to go to this event, and I remember him saying, ‘I don’t think you can go.’ And I said, ‘I can’t be left alone.'”

In their 2021 interview with Winfrey, both Prince Harry and Markle described the intense pressure and mental-health strain that was caused by the UK’s negative press coverage of their lives and the lack of support they felt from within the palace institution. 

February 2019: Morgan tells the Mirror that Markle “told other members of [‘Suits’] to stop talking to me.”
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TV personality Piers Morgan and the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle. Getty Images
“I was friendly with Meghan but she ghosted me,” he told the Mirror. “I am not impressed. There seems to be a pattern of her doing that to people, it’s a bit worrying.”

“From my personal experience, she is someone I thought I was pretty matey with and ‘bang’, she met somebody more ­important and that was it, and told other members of her show who I was friendly with to stop talking to me,” Morgan claimed.

“The moment she met Harry she cut everybody off who she thought might be no longer desirable in her friend and family circle,” he continued.

For the rest of 2019, Morgan’s criticisms of Markle and accusations that she was playing the victim or using her acting skills to garner sympathy were regular occurrences on “Good Morning Britain.”

January 2020: Markle and Prince Harry announced they are stepping down as senior members of the royal family.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Mark Cuthbert/ UK Press via Getty Images
A statement published by Buckingham Palace on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II read: “Following many months of conversations and more recent discussions, I am pleased that together we have found a constructive and supportive way forward for my grandson and his family.”

The move, which was dubbed “Megxit” by the British tabloids, prompted speculation about the couple’s future and how it would relate to the British monarchy. 

January 2020: Morgan says Markle is a “selfish social climber” who plays the “despicable race card.”


“Oh pipe down, you virtue-signalling berk,” he replied to a critic who called his column shameful. “Your disingenuous race-baiting claims are what’s shameful. It’s got nothing to with with racism & everything to do with Meghan Markle being a ruthless, social climbing, fame-obsessed piece of work who’s now forced Harry from his country.”

January 2020: Morgan also posts a screenshot of the first time Markle messaged him on Twitter, saying “she’s probably not such a ‘big fan’ of mine now.”

“Morgan has repeatedly criticized the Duchess of Sussex over the years,” Insider royal reporter Mikhaila Friel wrote at the time of the Twitter-message leak.

February 2020: Morgan seems to allude to Markle’s “ghosting” of him in a tweet about her “old tricks.”

“Meghan up to her old tricks again – getting rid of people no longer of any use to her,” he wrote. “I’ve met some ruthless operators in my time but she’s something else…”

These types of accusations continued throughout 2020.

March 7, 2021: Markle and Prince Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey airs. In the interview, Markle says she was told not to engage with the press once she was brought into the royal family fold.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with Oprah Winfrey in 2021. Harpo Productions/Joe Pugliese/Getty Images
Markle never publicly or privately responded to Morgan’s comments (flattering or otherwise) over the last four years.

While Morgan perceived her lack of contact as “ghosting,” it’s entirely possible the intial cut-off was due to her instructions not to engage with the media.

Morgan, who had been a “Good Morning Britain” cohost since 2015, is also a regular Daily Mail columnist and former news editor. 

Markle told Winfrey she was “given a very clear directive from the moment the world knew Harry and I were dating to always say, ‘No comment.'”

The former actress also said her family members and friends were told to do the same.

March 8, 2021: Morgan accuses Markle of lying about her mental health.
Piers Morgan on ‘Good Morning Britain.’ GMB/Twitter
The morning after the interview aired in the US, Morgan said he was “sickened” by the “absolutely disgraceful” interview and was “angry to the point of falling over.”

Throughout that morning’s edition of “Good Morning Britain,” Morgan dismissed several claims Markle made, including that she had felt suicidal.

“I wouldn’t believe Meghan Markle if she gave me a weather report,” he wrote on Twitter. “Is it too late for Oscar nominations?”

While commenting on a clip of the Winfrey interview in which Markle said she had approached senior members of the royal institution for help but was denied, Morgan said: “Who did you go to? What did they say to you? I’m sorry, I don’t believe a word she said, Meghan Markle.”

March 9, 2021: Morgan’s fellow “Good Morning Britain” host calls him out for trashing Markle and holding a grudge against her for their personal fallout.
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Morgan leaving the set of ‘Good Morning Britain.’ GMB
As Insider reporter Zac Ntim wrote, “Piers Morgan stormed off the ‘Good Morning Britain’ set Tuesday morning after clashing with the show’s weather presenter Alex Beresford, who condemned Morgan’s continued attacks on Meghan Markle.”

“I understand that you don’t like Meghan Markle — you’ve made that so clear a number of times on this program,” Beresford said. “I understand that you’ve got a personal relationship with Meghan Markle or had one and she cut you off. She’s entitled to cut you off if she wants to. Has she said anything about you since she cut you off? I don’t think she has, but yet you continue to trash her.”

Morgan walked off the set of the morning show, saying: “I’m done with this. Sorry. You can trash me, mate, but not on my own show.” 

March 9, 2021: Morgan quits “Good Morning Britain” after the show receives 41,000 complaints, including a direct one from Markle, reportedly.
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Several hours after he walked off the set of “Good Morning Britain,” UK broadcasting company Ofcom announced an investigation into Morgan, saying it had received more than 41,000 complaints over his statements. 

Then news broke that Morgan had quit the show. 

“Following discussions with ITV, Piers Morgan has decided now is the time to leave ‘Good Morning Britain,'” ITV said in a statement. “ITV has accepted this decision and has nothing further to add.”

Reports also came in saying Markle herself had filed a complaint with ITV’s chief executive.

“I’m told that the letter was written by the duchess for one reason only,” royals reporter Omid Scobie said. “To raise and share concern over the serious impact that Morgan’s comments could have on anyone struggling with their mental health or thinking about seeking help.”

March 10, 2021: Morgan maintains he still doesn’t believe Markle with reports saying he refused to issue an apology to the Duchess of Sussex.

ITV bosses reportedly asked Morgan to apologize on air, but he refused and left the show instead, according to reports from The Telegraphthe Mirror, and The Sun.

ITV declined to comment on the reports when reached by Insider.