Piers Morgan sparks outrage after telling Meghan Markle to 'go back to America' over privacy demands

Wimbledon 2019 - Day Four - The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club

Meghan Markle's supporters are once again coming to her defence in the wake of fresh criticism over her efforts to protect her privacy.

On Saturday, the duchess and Prince Harry opted for a media-free, private christening for son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. The decision was criticised by the British press, though Meghan's fans backed the move, citing her treatment by the media, as well as the fierce scrutiny over the late Princess Diana.

Now the California-born duchess is facing backlash following a report from the Telegraph in which columnist and media consultant Sally Jones claims a man she took to be a royal protection officer asked her to not take photos of Meghan in the stands at Wimbledon last Thursday as "she's here in a private capacity". The former Suits star attended the tennis tournament last week in support of friend Serena Williams.

According to Jones, these alleged "demands for ever more privacy are alienating even committed monarchists." The Daily Mail's royal correspondent, Rebecca English, also argued that the situation "doesn't play out terribly well."

Speaking on Good Morning Britain on Tuesday, talk show host Piers Morgan took a harsher view.

"This is so ridiculous, this obsession that her and Harry have about privacy," Morgan ranted.

"It's rankly hypocritical and they're not private people, they're the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. We get to pay for their mansion, we get to do all of this ..."

He went on to criticise Meghan for expecting privacy while sitting in Wimbledon's Royal Box, though English reports that she wasn't in the area reserved for royals, but rather as a personal guest of Williams.

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Jul 4, 2019; London, United Kingdom; Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex in attendance for the Kaja Juvan (SLO) and Serena Williams (USA) match on day four at the All England Lawn and Croquet Club. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports/Sipa USA
Jul 4, 2019; London, United Kingdom; Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex in attendance for the Kaja Juvan (SLO) and Serena Williams (USA) match on day four at the All England Lawn and Croquet Club. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports/Sipa USA
Duchess of Sussex after watching Serena Williams on court one on day four of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Duchess of Sussex after watching Serena Williams on court one on day four of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Duchess of Sussex after watching Serena Williams on court one on day four of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Duchess of Sussex applauds after watching Serena Williams on court one on day four of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Duchess of Sussex shakes hands with a young spectator dressed in Star Spangled Banner attire on day four of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Duchess of Sussex watches Serena Williams on court one on day four of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
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Duchess of Sussex watches Serena Williams on court one on day four of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Duchess of Sussex watches Serena Williams on court one on day four of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Duchess of Sussex watches Serena Williams on court one on day four of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Duchess of Sussex watches Serena Williams on court one on day four of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Duchess of Sussex watches Serena Williams on court one on day four of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
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"If you want to be private, go back to America and live privately, it's pretty straightforward," he continued, prompting an objection co-host Susanna Reid.

"They don't have to go back to America by the way," she said, while Morgan railed, "She does, she's American!"

"They don't have to go back," Reid shot back. "She's married an Englishman!"

"She doesn't want to be a British public figure in the royal family, go back to America," Morgan responded.

"She wants to live here!" Reid argued.

He later tweeted that it was "absurd" for Meghan to expect privacy.

Morgan's comments have sparked backlash of their own, with many accusing him of targeting Meghan because of her race.

Morgan's rant comes days after he mocked Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for her past job as a bartender.

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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