Good Morning Britain has been hit with complaints submitted by viewers to Ofcom in relation to Thomas Markle’s recent interview about his daughter Meghan Markle and son-in-law Prince Harry on the ITV programme.
On October 19, Thomas, 77, appeared on GMB, where he spoke about his desire to see his grandchildren, Archie and Lilibet.
Speaking about his estrangement from his daughter the Duchess of Sussex, Thomas said: ‘This is way too childish, it’s kind of silly. It’s time to talk to each other, those kids will grow up without knowing they have two families.’
He continued to slam the duke and duchess during the interview, claiming that everything they’re doing ‘is for money’.
It has since emerged that on October 19, communications regulator Ofcom received 55 complaints about GMB.
The watchdog confirmed that the complaints were in relation to Thomas’ appearance.
Following Thomas’ appearance on GMB, several Twitter users criticised his remarks, with one questioning why he was being given airtime on the show.
‘I’m appalled he’s selling his daughter out again, once a parent always a parent. This isn’t the way to repair the breakdown in their relationship,’ one person said.
‘Don’t think this latest interview is going to help his case at all. It needs to be dealt with in a private manner between them. Very sad situation though for both of them,’ someone else commented.
During the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s interview with Oprah Winfrey, which aired earlier this year, Meghan opened up about her relationship with her dad.
When asked by Oprah whether she felt betrayed by her father, the former Suits actor responded: ‘If were going to use the word betrayal, it’s because when I asked him, when the comms team told us this the story was coming out, we called my dad and I asked him and he said, “No, absolutely not.”’
Meghan said that she asked her dad to tell her the ‘truth’ so they could ‘help’.
‘And he didn’t do that, and that for me has really resonated as a mother,’ she continued. ‘And also me saying full stop, if we use this to protect you we won’t be able to protect our grandchildren one day.
‘I look at Archie and I can’t imagine doing anything to hurt my child. I can’t reconcile that.’
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.