Meghan and Harry were paying a visit to Bristol charity One25, which supports women involved in sex work, when she got involved with helping to prepare food packages and decided to write motivational messages on bananas with a pen.
They included phrases such as “you are brave”, “you are strong”, and “you are loved”, which Good Morning Britain host Piers called patronising, as well as mocking the Duchess for her choice of fruit.
During the breakfast show, he said: “Giving a sex worker a banana is clearly exposing them to potential mockery.
“If you had been advising Meghan Markle before this and she said, ‘I’ve got a great idea, I’m going to give a load of sex workers who are really struggling at the moment signed bananas’, would you have said maybe not the bananas?”
He also pretended to be Meghan, grabbing a banana and saying: “Hand me my sharpie, my moment has come to empower sex workers.”
But when a guest on GMB argued that he couldn’t understand the power of a motivational message from his massive position of privilege, Morgan wouldn’t back down.
‘A lot of sex workers say they feel really seen and validated by this.’@rebeccacnreid supports Meghan Markle’s idea to write personal messages on bananas and says her comments are motivational.
What do you think? pic.twitter.com/wrsAYeUos9
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) February 4, 2019
He shot back: “You don’t think that Meghan Markle is? She is living in a palace with a prince, you couldn’t get more privileged.”
Morgan had previously complained about the gesture on Twitter, writing: “This is one of the weirdest, most ridiculous things I have ever seen a member of the Royal Family do.”
Why is Meghan Markle signing bananas for sex workers to ‘empower them’?
This is one of the weirdest, most ridiculous things I have ever seen a member of the Royal Family do… https://t.co/23udRBtyuw
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 1, 2019
But fans of Meghan jumped to her defence, saying that she was showing empathy and compassion, and claiming that Morgan always attacks her.
It’s a thoughtful idea, a kind gesture. Meghan is spreading positive messages while Piers (& any other cretin angry at this) spreads more hate and ignorance. Just leave The Duchess alone!!
— Alice🤓✨ (@geekygirl500005) February 4, 2019
Instead of focusing on the idiocy of Piers Morgan and his disgusting co-hosts behavior of making a mockery of the Duchess of Sussex let’s admire the fact Meghan continues doing her work disregarding the prejudice, bias and bigotry she faces from these critics and the UK media
— Jasmine Harrison (@JasmineJay92) February 4, 2019
Just had to switch off GMB as Piers and co workers are degrading Meghan Markle purely for doing something kind..why does everything need to be judged🤯
— millie (@_milliegarbutt) February 4, 2019
Of course a trashy guttersnipe show like GMB would turn a wonderful gesture by Meghan into a negative thanks to that lousy excuse for a human being Piers Morgan. There was nothing untoward about what Meghan did.
— Erikk_the_Dane™ (@Erikk_the_Dane2) February 4, 2019
Morgan’s previous rants against the Duchess have included labelling her a ruthless social climber and condemning her for cutting off her father.