ITV Loose Women hit with 103 Ofcom complaints after Denise Welch's furious rant at TV guest

ITV's Loose Women has been hit with 103 complaints from viewers after Denise Welch launched into a heated rant at a TV guest earlier this week.

The incident occurred when Denise, 65, demonstrated her frustration over the ongoing criticism of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, reports the Mirror.

The Loose Women panellist was left fuming on Monday, May 6, when Dickie Arbiter, former press secretary to the late Queen Elizabeth II and to King Charles III before his ascension last year, was in the studio to discuss the monarch's cancer battle.

While the conversation started off smoothly, it inevitably veered off course when Dickie broached the topic of whether the monarch could ever mend his strained relationship with his son, Prince Harry.

Royal fans will remember that the latter renounced his life as a senior working Royal alongside his wife Meghan for a new beginning across the Atlantic, and the Duchess of Sussex has faced more criticism than ever since.

Meghan also encountered a surge of criticism when she was first rumoured to be dating Prince Harry in 2016, and the couple have publicly denounced the negative media scrutiny they have both received, personally, as a couple and as parents to their two children, Archie and Lilibet.

Denise lashed out at Dickie Arbiter during the programme ( Image: ITV1) -Credit:ITV1
Denise lashed out at Dickie Arbiter during the programme ( Image: ITV1) -Credit:ITV1

Denise defended Meghan and Harry's decision to leave Windsor and Frogmore Cottage, clashing with Dickie Arbiter over his criticism of Meghan Markle.

"If I may say, do you not think there is a reason why Harry did such a thing? ", Denise questioned, referencing the Duke's move to the US,

She highlighted the deep-seated issues within King Charles III's family, tracing back to his marriage to Lady Diana while he was in love with Camilla.

"It ruined a lot of Diana's life", Denise asserted.

She pointed out the trauma Prince Harry faced following his mother's death and the paparazzi chase that led to it, as well as his experience walking behind her coffin and later accepting Queen Camilla as his stepmother.

"Then he has a wife who is completely and continually trashed by the media, including your good self", Denise said, directing her words at Dickie, as some audience members applauded.

"I am just sick to death of the bashing that this woman gets (...) we continually berate this woman every day."

When Dickie suggested that the Sussexes have been criticised for their departure from the Royal Family, Denise forcefully reiterated: "Why would they not walk out? Why would they want to spend their life in a country that hated them? ".

Coleen Nolan was forced to step in to break up the heated debate ( Image: ITV1) -Credit:ITV1
Coleen Nolan was forced to step in to break up the heated debate ( Image: ITV1) -Credit:ITV1

ITV viewers were left gobsmacked by a segment on Loose Women, with many taking to social media platform X, previously known as Twitter, to voice their opinions.

While Denise Welch's comments seemed to resonate with a large portion of the audience, they also sparked outrage among a significant number of viewers.

It has been reported that 103 disgruntled viewers lodged complaints with Ofcom, the regulatory authority, regarding Denise's remarks about the Royal Family and her reaction to Dickie's views.

Following her outburst on the panel, some online trolls targeted Denise's journey to sobriety, but she was quick to retaliate.

One troll wrote on X, previously known as Twitter: "Good old Denise, surprised she can stay sober enough to be able to partake in a debate."

However, Denise didn't let the comment get to her and promptly responded to her online critic, writing: "12 years Dougie! ! Keep up,".

Denise Welch has been open about her battle with addiction, much like other celebrities who have chosen to live alcohol-free lives.

In 2023, the former Coronation Street star marked 11 years of sobriety with an Instagram post in which she discussed her "disastrous" relationship with alcohol and how quitting had positively impacted her life and that of her husband, Lincoln Townley.

She captioned her post: "11 yrs sober today! ! ! Giving up my disastrous relationship with alcohol changed my life, my husband's life and my children's lives. Plus the lives of all who love me".

"It wasn't easy. Addiction is a cruel and frightening illness. But together @lincolntownley and I realised that we were destroying many lives including our own and we did it."

She then added: "I now have a wonderful marriage that is the foundation of my life. Our kids are happy and I hope those of you struggling find the strength to stop."

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