Deborah Meaden waded into Megxit debate with Piers Morgan: ‘Ego-crazed leech’

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Meaden and her colleagues return to television sets this evening with series 19 of Dragons’ Den. The show will this year see a new Dragon enter the fold as Steve Bartlett – the Den’s youngest ever Dragon – replaces the departing veteran, Tej Lalvani. Dragons’ Den is known for its ruthlessness and cut throat nature with Meaden often at the forefront of the brutal takedowns of prospective business partners.

In recent years, she has extended her no-nonsense approach to business into the world of social media, often embroiled in Twitter spats with fellow television celebrities.

One such conflict came in the aftermath of Megxit.

Meghan and Harry had announced that they planned to move to North America in a bid to carve out private lives.

It left many confused and outraged, apparently none more so than former Good Morning Britain host, Piers Morgan.

Writing for the MailOnline after the announcement, he branded Meghan and Harry “entitled”, and having acted “disrespectfully” towards the Queen.

At the end of the piece, he wrote: “Get rid of these whining, ego-crazed, deluded leeches Ma’am – before it’s too late.”

On hearing his comments, Meaden took to Twitter to voice her opinion.

She wrote: “OK let’s test. If I said “ ego-crazed leech… who would you think of first? Meghan Markle or Piers Morgan?”

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It was in response to a Twitter post by Alison Phipps, the feminist author, that read: “Piers Morgan calls Meghan Markle an ‘ego-crazed leech’, Eamonn Holmes calls her ‘incredibly irritating’, Brendan O’Neill calls her ‘insufferable’ and my brain is about to explode from absolute irony overload.”

Meaden never hinted at the individual who she believed was the “ego-crazed leech”.

Morgan significantly upped his rhetoric against Meghan and Harry in the year after Megxit.

This was especially true following their tell-all interview with US talk show host Oprah Winfrey.


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It was here that the Duchess claimed she was denied help with her mental health struggles.

Morgan claimed he “didn’t believe a word” the Duchess had told Winfrey.

He has since stood by his opinion.

It is in part why he eventually left Good Morning Britain after six years.

ITV announced the decision after Ofcom said it was investigating his comments after receiving 41,000 complaints.

In his “ego-crazed leech” MailOnline column, one of a number to include comment on Meghan and Harry, Morgan described the pair as “super-woke celebrities”.

He wrote: “In a series of staggeringly pompous statements on their gleaming new Hollywood-style website, they laid down the law to the Queen and to the rest of us about exactly how things are supposedly going to work from this moment on.

“In other words, they want to be super-woke celebrities (with all the outrageous ‘Do as we say not as we do’ hectoring hypocrisy they’ve already brought to that status) who get to keep all the trappings of royal life without any of the hard, boring bits and the right to cash in on their status however they choose.

“So, they want the glitz, the glamour, the splendour and the stupendous wealth… they just don’t want to have to actually earn it.

“What a pathetic joke.

“If they want to be the new Kardashians, they’ll get treated like the new Kardashians.”

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