Piers Morgan cut eye open after storming out of awards in protest against Prince Harry speech

Piers Morgan at the GQ Men of the Year Award 2021. (Getty Images)
Piers Morgan at the GQ Men of the Year Award 2021. (Getty Images)

Piers Morgan has told how he was left 'semi-concussed' with a cut to his eye after storming out of the GQ Awards in protest at Prince Harry's speech.

The former Good Morning Britain presenter attended the ceremony the same day that he was cleared by Ofcom over on-air comments he made about Meghan Markle.

Morgan told in Mail On Sunday column how he decided to leave the awards early as the Duke of Sussex started to make a speech via video-link from California, but was busy reading news headlines on his phone when he walked into a window.

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The 56-year-old TV presenter said: "As I left, I could hear Harry lecturing the audience about the danger of ‘misinformation’ and ‘peddling lies’, without a shred of self-awareness. I chuckled and pulled out my phone to check the first-edition headlines of the newspapers. To my delight, most of them had splashed my victory all over their front pages.

"I felt a sudden rush of exhilaration at the end of what had been a tumultuous but ultimately very satisfying day.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 01: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, appears via video link  at the 24th GQ Men of the Year Awards in association with BOSS at Tate Modern on September 1, 2021 in London, England.  (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Hugo Boss UK)
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, appears via video link at the GQ Men of the Year Awards. (Getty Images)

"Then, as I reached the exit, still staring proudly at my phone, I walked straight into a large plate-glass window, banging my head so hard and loudly against it that concerned security guards rushed over to check I was OK.

"I reeled back in agony, semi-concussed and with a cut opening above my right eye, only to see Harry’s massive head filling a nearby screen.

"He was smirking right at me."

Morgan left GMB in March after he sparked a record number of complaints by saying he did not believe claims made by Meghan about her mental health in an interview with Oprah Winfrey.

The broadcasting regulator last week ruled that Morgan was "entitled to say he disbelieved" the royal couple and that "the restriction of such views would be an unwarranted and chilling restriction of freedom of expression".

Piers Morgan returns to his home in Kensington, central London, the morning after it was announced by broadcaster ITV that he was leaving as a host of Good Morning Britain. Picture date: Wednesday March 10, 2021. (Photo by Jonathan Brady/PA Images via Getty Images)
Piers Morgan left 'GMB' in March following the comments he made about Meghan Markle. (PA)

Ofcom received 57,793 complaints about Morgan's remarks – the highest in the broadcasting regulator's history.

A spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirmed that they were among those to lodge a formal complaint.

In the Oprah interview, Meghan said she had approached people in the royal “institution” for help after she had suicidal thoughts, but was turned down.

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Morgan said while discussing the interview on GMB: “Who did you go to? What did they say to you? I’m sorry, I don’t believe a word she said, Meghan Markle. I wouldn’t believe it if she read me a weather report."

Later that day ITV released a statement announcing Morgan had "stepped down" from his role as co-host of the breakfast show.

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