BBC Breakfast’s Dan Walker has criticised Good Morning Britain’s Piers Morgan for saying he does not believe that Meghan Markle’s experienced suicidal thoughts.

In an exchange of tweets, the BBC Breakfast host took aim at the way that his breakfast TV rival spoke about the Duchess of Sussex’s emotional revelation in her interview with Oprah Winfrey, where she described how the media and the lack of help from the Palace made her “not want to be alive anymore.”

Their conversation ended with Dan Walker criticising the way he expressed disbelief that these dark feelings were genuine.

It began with a picture posted by his co-anchor Louise Minchin, a selfie on them on the studio’s sofa.

Walker then quote tweeted the innocent selfie with what feels like a dig at Morgan, who ran off the set when Alex Beresford snapped at the outspoken ex-editor of The Daily Mirror.

Morgan, never one to hold his tongue, took the bait from Walker.

Walker then replied to this put down from Piers Morgan about their comparative ratings with the judgement about his treatment of Meghan Markle, saying “I hope my boss would have dragged me offset if I’d used my platform - on national TV - to tell a pregnant woman, speaking openly about suicidal thoughts, that I didn’t believe a word she said”. Morgan is yet to respond.

This seems like a dig at ITV who have yet to respond to the Ofcom complaints lodged by disgruntled viewers. They are still pouring in following off his rant about Meghan, which included not only Beresford and Walker to try to shut him down over his behaviour but guests such as Trisha Goddard and Dr Shola Mos-Shogmamimu.

Morgan also faces criticism over how he spoke to his colleague Charlotte Hawkins regarding her outfit, with some viewers saying it was sexual harassment.

If you are experiencing feelings of distress and isolation, or are struggling to cope, The Samaritans offers support; you can speak to someone for free over the phone, in confidence, on 116 123 (UK and ROI), email jo@samaritans.org, or visit the Samaritans website to find details of your nearest branch.

If you are based in the USA, and you or someone you know needs mental health assistance right now, call National Suicide Prevention Helpline on 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The Helpline is a free, confidential crisis hotline that is available to everyone 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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