Piers Morgan leaves Good Morning Britain amid row over Harry and Meghan comments

Piers Morgan has decided to leave his presenting role on ITV's Good Morning Britain following controversial comments he made about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

In the couple's explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan said she felt like she "didn't want to be alive anymore".

But on Monday's Good Morning Britain, Morgan said he "didn't believe a word" of it.

Mental health charity Mind said it was "disappointed" by his comments which sparked 41,000 complaints - leading to an Ofcom investigation.

That figure is more than the number that built up after the Britain's Got Talent Black Lives Matter row last year (24,500).

Meghan: 'I just didn't want to be alive anymore'

On Tuesday, Morgan also stormed off the set of Good Morning Britain after clashing with fellow presenter Alex Beresford about the interview with Oprah.

Weather presenter Beresford defended the couple, taking Morgan to task, saying: 

I understand 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.

ITV's chief executive Dame Carolyn McCall subsequently said on Tuesday the row was not "manufactured".

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Dame Carolyn added ITV managing director of media and entertainment Kevin Lygo had been in discussion with Morgan in recent days regarding his coverage of the Harry and Meghan interview.

She said she personally believed Meghan and that ITV was committed to supporting mental health.

She said Good Morning Britain was a "balanced show", and added: "ITV has many voices and we try and represent many voices every day. It's not about one opinion."

Harry and Meghan, now living in the US, made a number of revelations in their interview, among them an allegation that a member of the family - not the Queen or Duke of Edinburgh - had made a racist comment about their unborn son, Archie.

An Ofcom spokesperson said: 

We have launched an investigation into Monday's episode of Good Morning Britain under our harm and offence rules.

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