Piers Morgan sparks outrage after telling Meghan Markle to 'go back to America' over privacy demands

Meghan Markle’s supporters are once again coming to her defense in the wake of fresh criticism over her efforts to protect her privacy.

On Saturday, the duchess and Prince Harry opted for a media-free, private christening for son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. The decision was criticized by the British press, though Meghan’s fans backed the move, citing her treatment by the media, as well as the fierce scrutiny over the late Princess Diana.

Now the California-born duchess is facing backlash following a report from Britain’s Telegraph newspaper in which columnist and media consultant Sally Jones claims a man she took to be a royal protection officer asked her to not take photos of Meghan in the stands at Wimbledon last Thursday as “she’s here in a private capacity.” The former Suits star attended the tennis tournament last week in support of friend Serena Williams.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 13: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex in the Royal Box on Centre Court during day twelve of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 13, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 13: (L-R) Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Pippa Middleton attend the Royal Box during Day twelve of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 13, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cambridge and The Duchess of Sussex on day twelve of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 13: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex in the Royal Box on Centre Court during day twelve of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 13, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Sussex on day twelve of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 13: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex in the Royal Box on Centre Court during day twelve of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 13, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Sussex on day twelve of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Duchess of Sussex on day twelve of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Duchess of Sussex alongside Pippa Matthews on day twelve of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cambridge and The Duchess of Sussex on day twelve of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)
Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex takes her seat in the Royal Box on Centre Courtto watch Romania's Simona Halep playing US player Serena Williams during their women's singles final on day twelve of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 13, 2019. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex takes her seat in the Royal Box on Centre Court to watch Romania's Simona Halep playing US player Serena Williams during their women's singles final on day twelve of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 13, 2019. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 13: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the Royal Box during Day twelve of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 13, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Sussex arrives on day twelve of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Duchess of Sussex arrives on day twelve of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
Britain's Meghan (C), Duchess of Sussex watches US player Serena Williams playing against Slovakia's Kaja Juvan during their women's singles second round match on the fourth day of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 4, 2019. (Photo by GLYN KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex looks on as Serena Williams (USA) plays Kaja Juvan (SLO) in their Ladies' Singles 2nd Round match on Day 4 of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 4, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (C) attends day four of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends day four of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends day four of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends day four of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Sussex in the stands of court one to watch the match between Serena Williams and Kaja Juvan on day four of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. (Photo by Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (C) attends day four of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends day four of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
Duchess of Sussex watching Serena Williams on court one on day four of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. (Photo by Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images)
Duchess of Sussex watching Serena Williams on court one on day four of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. (Photo by Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends day four of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends day four of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends day four of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends day four of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends day four of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends day four of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends day four of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends day four of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends day four of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
Britain's Meghan (C), Duchess of Sussex applauds after US player Serena Williams beat Slovakia's Kaja Juvan during their women's singles second round match on the fourth day of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 4, 2019. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Meghan (C), Duchess of Sussex applauds after US player Serena Williams beat Slovakia's Kaja Juvan during their women's singles second round match on the fourth day of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 4, 2019. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex shakes hands with a young wellwisher as she attends day 4 of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex smiles as she attends day 4 of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
Duchess of Sussex after watching Serena Williams on court one on day four of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. (Photo by Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex smiles as she attends day 4 of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
Duchess of Sussex after watching Serena Williams on court one on day four of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. (Photo by Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images)
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According to Jones, these alleged “demands for ever more privacy are alienating even committed monarchists.” The Daily Mail’s royal correspondent, Rebecca English, also argued that the situation “doesn’t play out terribly well.”

Speaking on Good Morning Britain on Tuesday, talk show host Piers Morgan took a harsher view.

"This is so ridiculous, this obsession that her and Harry have about privacy,” Morgan ranted.

"It's rankly hypocritical and they're not private people, they're the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. We get to pay for their mansion, we get to do all of this ..."

He went on to criticize Meghan for expecting privacy while sitting in Wimbledon’s Royal Box, though English reports that she wasn’t in the area reserved for royals, but rather as a personal guest of Williams.

“If you want to be private, go back to America and live privately, it’s pretty straightforward,” he continued, prompting an objection co-host Susanna Reid.

“They don’t have to go back to America by the way,” she said, while Morgan railed, “She does, she’s American!”

“They don’t have to go back,” Reid shot back. “She’s married an Englishman!”

“She doesn’t want to be a British public figure in the royal family, go back to America,” Morgan responded.

“She wants to live here!” Reid argued.

He later tweeted that it was “absurd” for Meghan to expect privacy.

Morgan’s comments have sparked backlash of their own, with many accusing him of targeting Meghan because of her race.

Morgan’s rant comes days after he mocked Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for her past job as a bartender.

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This official christening photograph released by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shows the Duke and Duchess with their son, Archie and (left to right) the Duchess of Cornwall, The Prince of Wales, Ms Doria Ragland, Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, The Duke of Cambridge and The Duchess of Cambridge in the Green Drawing Room at Windsor Castle. Photo by Chris Allerton. 
This official christening photograph released by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shows the Duke and Duchess with their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor at Windsor Castle with the Rose Garden in the background. Photo by Chris Allerton. 
Visitors take pictures as the Changing of the Guard takes place outside Windsor Castle in Windsor ahead of the royal christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son, Archie, in the castle's intimate private chapel. RESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 6, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Rick Findler/PA Wire
Visitors take pictures as the Changing of the Guard takes place outside Windsor Castle in Windsor ahead of the royal christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son, Archie, in the castle's intimate private chapel. RESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 6, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Rick Findler/PA Wire
Camilla the dog outside Windsor Castle in Windsor ahead of the royal christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son, Archie, in the castle's intimate private chapel. RESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 6, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Rick Findler/PA Wire
Royal superfan John Loughrey outside Windsor Castle in Windsor ahead of the royal christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son, Archie, in the castle's intimate private chapel. RESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 6, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Rick Findler/PA Wire
A cake from a royal well-wisher outside Windsor Castle in celebration of the royal christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son, Archie, in the castle's intimate private chapel. RESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 6, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Rick Findler/PA Wire
Visitors take pictures as the Changing of the Guard takes place outside Windsor Castle in Windsor ahead of the royal christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son, Archie, in the castle's intimate private chapel. RESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 6, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Rick Findler/PA Wire
Royal fan John Loughrey, 64, camped out in Windsor ahead of the royal christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son, Archie, at Windsor Castle tomorrow.
Camera crews set up in Windsor ahead of the royal christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son, Archie, at Windsor Castle tomorrow.
Royal superfan John Loughrey holds a sign in celebration of the royal christening of Archie, the son of Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, outside Windsor Castle in England, Saturday, July 6, 2019. The 2-month-old son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be baptized Saturday in a private chapel at the castle by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, head of the Church of England. (Rick Findler/PA via AP)
Royal superfan John Loughrey, with company from Camilla the dog, prepares flags and posters in celebration of the royal christening of Archie, the son of Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, outside Windsor Castle in England, Saturday, July 6, 2019. The 2-month-old son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be baptized Saturday in a private chapel at the castle by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, head of the Church of England. (Rick Findler/PA via AP)
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