Jeremy Clarkson has decided to speak out about the brouhaha caused by Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey and Piers Morgan’s subsequent exit from Good Morning Britain.
After the interview, Morgan sparked fury by saying that he didn't believe Markle. Later Morgan stormed off set after being challenged about his comments by weather presenter Alex Beresford.
Writing in The Sun, Clarkson said Markle is “much revered by the young and the stupid who believe that her brand of simpering victimhood will one day bring down the monarchy, but it won’t”.
He argued that given what the royal family had endured in the past - “beheadings, affairs, abdications” – he is “fairly sure it’ll be able to weather the banal musings of a silly little cable TV actress”.
He added: “Trust me on this one. Markle’s toast, and within five years, I suspect she’ll be posing for photographs, on her own outside the Taj Mahal or sitting on the back of a playboy’s yacht in the Med, and poor old Piers will realise that he lost his job over absolutely nothing at all.”
Clarkson’s decision to support Morgan comes as something of a surprise given their history. The pair famously exchanged blows at the 2004 British Press Awards.
It was reported at the time that Clarkson “ambled over to The Mirror’s table and attacked, swinging a right hook at Morgan”.
“It was actually three punches,” Morgan later claimed. “He permanently scarred me above my temple because he had a ring on, but the good news was he broke his little finger hitting my head because I’m that hard.”