Piers Morgan Wants Meghan, Harry to Name Royal Racist for Taxpayers' Sake

Piers Morgan has called for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to name the royal who made comments about Archie's skin color, saying a racist should not receive taxpayers' money.

The former Good Morning Britain host told Extra that taxpayers were funding the unnamed royal and added: "I don't want to be paying for a racist."

Prince Harry and Meghan told Oprah Winfrey off camera that Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip were not the ones who made the comments but left a cloud of suspicion hanging over the rest of the family.

The former tabloid editor said: "[Meghan] hasn't named who that person is, so everybody is in the frame, apart from the Queen and Prince Philip, who they magnanimously removed from the frame. Was there a problem about the skin color of this child in the eyes of the royal?

"If it were, if this is how it was done, then I want to know who that Royal is because I'm paying for them as a British taxpayer. I don't want to be paying for a racist."

Morgan's book Wake Up: Why the 'liberal' war on free speech is even more dangerous than Covid-19 is a treatise against "cancel culture."

However, perhaps ironically, his comments about not paying for the racist royal suggest that, if the family member were named and found to have made the comments alleged, they should be stripped of their public funding.

Morgan has, however, said he does not believe Meghan's account in the Oprah Winfrey interview which sent shockwaves through the palace when it was broadcast on Sunday, March 7.

He resigned from ITV after being told to apologize for saying he doubted the claims surrounding the account of feeling suicidal.

The controversial broadcaster's latest comments came in the second half of an interview he gave to Billy Bush on Extra.

In the first half he claimed to have been sent messages of support on behalf of members of the royal family.

Morgan said: "I've had some messages communicated to me on behalf of several members of the Royal Family."

He added: "Well, I'm not going to go into who it was, but what I can say is gratitude for someone who was standing up for them."

The royal family is funded by the taxpayer through the Sovereign Grant, which is derived from a percentage of profits from the Crown Estate. The remainder of its profits go to the U.K. treasury as public funds.

The Crown Estate is legally owned by Queen Elizabeth II, though she holds it in trust on behalf of the public and it is not her personal property.

Following the interview with Oprah, Buckingham Palace said on behalf of the queen: "The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.

"The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.

"Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members."

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry at Trooping Color
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ride by carriage down the Mall during Trooping The Color, the Queen's annual birthday parade, on June 08, 2019 in London, England. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex told Oprah Winfrey an unnamed royal made comments about what color their baby's skin would be. Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images