Loose Women's Denise Welch blasts TV star live on air as they come to blows over Meghan Markle

Denise Welch didn't hold back as she clashed with a TV star live on air over Meghan Markle. The Loose Women panel member was visibly irate on today's show when Dickie Arbiter, former press secretary to the late Queen Elizabeth and King Charles before his Coronation last year, joined the show to discuss the monarch's cancer battle.

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

Royal enthusiasts are of course aware that Harry, along with his wife Meghan, chose to step away from their roles as senior working royals for a new life in America, a decision that has led to increased scrutiny of the Duchess of Sussex.

Denise Welch rages at TV star live on air as they come to blows over Meghan Markle
Denise Welch rages at TV star live on air as they come to blows over Meghan Markle -Credit:ITV

Meghan also faced a barrage of criticism when rumours first circulated about her dating Prince Harry in 2016. The couple have publicly denounced the negative media attention they've received, both individually and as a couple, and as parents to their two children, Archie and Lilibet, reports the Mirror.

For Denise, Meghan and Harry's choice to leave Windsor and Frogmore Cottage behind was nothing short of sensible. Tensions flared rapidly as she passionately defended them, calling out Dickie for his own critique of Meghan Markle.

"If I may say, do you not think there is a reason why Harry did such a thing? ", the 65 year old initially asked, referring to the Duke's decision to leave the UK for the US.

Denise then outlined the difficulties surrounding King Charles' family, with issues stemming from the monarch's marriage to Lady Diana "when he was in love with Camilla".

"It ruined a lot of Diana's life", Denise claimed. She then recalled how a young Prince Harry witnessed his mother's death after a fatal car chase with paparazzi before he was forced to walk publicly behind her coffin and accept Queen Camilla as his stepmother.

"Then he has a wife who is completely and continually trashed by the media, including your good self", Denise added, turning to Dickie, while some audience members began to applaud her. "I am just sick to death of the bashing that this woman gets (...) we continually berate this woman every day."

When Dickie argued that the Sussexes have received criticism over their choice to leave the Royal Family, Denise furiously doubled down: "Why would they not walk out? Why would they want to spend their life in a country that hated them? ".

Coleen Nolan quickly intervened to stop the situation from escalating, reminding the panellist that she hadn't expected a "debate" to take place in the studio. But Denise continued to seethe as she added: "don't have a guest on (...) I can say what I like!"

ITV viewers were left stunned at the fiery debate as some took to X, formerly Twitter, and shared their thoughts. One remarked: "Well done Denise, you wiped the floor with Dickie. Thankyou for not being scared to be a voice for H@M".

Another agreed: "Makes me laugh that people are saying Denise isn't nice for standing up for Meghan and Harry, yet it's fine for so many "nice" people to have s****** them off for the past 6+ yrs", just as a third applauded the panellist for her brave stance: "Well said Denise, you are the voice of fairness and reason."

However, one viewer predicted a reprimand was ahead for Denise due to Coleen's intervention. "I think Denise is going to be getting a firm talking to when Loose Women is off air! However if she is passionate about a subject why shut her down? I thought Loose Women promotes strong women and opinions?".

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