Schofield: Harry and Meghan need to ‘shut up now’

Phillip Schofield has sparked controversy during a segment on This Morning today after saying Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had 'stabb[ed] a knife through the heart of the monarchy.'

Schofield and co-host Holly Willoughby were discussing comments made by Gayle King on CBS This Morning that members of the Royal family are yet to speak to the Duchess of Sussex following the interview. They were joined in the segment by guests Beverley Turner and Gyles Brandreth.

Playing devil's advocate Schofield posing the question: "Isn't there this feeling Gyles, that 'you've made your point, essentially shut up now and get on with your quiet American life, you've stabbed a knife through the heart of the monarchy...' — and obviously there were some things that they felt needed to be said fair enough — but, 'stop now.'"

In the historic interview, Markle said an unnamed senior member of the Royal family had raised 'concerns' about the skin colour of her children with Prince Harry.

Markle’s friend, Gayle King, revealed that she had spoken to the couple over the weekend as the ramifications of the interview continue.

King told CBS: “I think what is still upsetting to them is the Palace keeps saying they want to work it out privately, but yet, the false stories are coming out that are disparaging against Meghan still.

“No one in the royal family has talked to Meghan yet at this particular time.”

"They both want to move forward with this and they both want healing in this family. At the end of the day, that's Harry's family."

Turner strongly expressed to Schofield and Willoughby that she wasn’t pleased about Meghan "leaking" this information to CBS host, King, saying: "she can't resist getting this information out."

Schofield stated: "There's been an enormous amount of sympathy over the race issue and the mental health issue... but looking at the polls that sympathy seems to be ebbing away quite quickly."

Brandreth agreed and accused of Meghan of not keeping family matters private.

This Morning viewers were divided over Schofield's comments, one called him dramatic: "Stabbed a knife at the heart of the monarchy?! A bit dramatic Phil"

Gayle's claims came after she revealed Prince Harry had spoken to Prince William and Prince Charles following the interview

But she said the chat was "unproductive" as 'the Firm' continue to reel from the sensational allegations the couple made.