Claire Sweeney avoided social media after publicly defending Piers Morgan after GMB row

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Actress Claire Sweeney has graced screens since 1991, after landing the role of Lindsey Corkhill on Channel 4’s Brookside. Now, the Liverpool born star has shared her thoughts on free speech after Piers Morgan was axed from Good Morning Britain.

He’s got balls of steel and I’m a big fan of Piers

Claire Sweeney

Following Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, he shared his thoughts live on GMB.

The former co-anchor, 55, revealed that he didn’t believe the Duchess’ claims and wouldn’t trust her to read a weather report.

Former actress Meghan, 39, claimed that she had suffered from her mental health issues and later added that officials behind the Buckingham Palace walls denied her the opportunity to seek professional help.

She later went on to say that ahead of the birth of her son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor, there had been conversations surrounding the race of her first-born.

Hours after the interview aired, Piers locked heads with weather presenter Alex Beresford, who appeared on the show to discuss his experiences with racism.

Piers stated that he had been “sickened” during the “two-hour of our royal family, of the monarchy and everything our Queen has worked so hard for,” as Meghan made several claims against the Monarchy.

Just one day after his scathing attack, Piers said he wouldn’t be returning to the programme after attracting over 57,000 complaints to the broadcasting watchdog, Ofcom.

Speaking to, Claire Sweeney, 50, said: “I love Piers Morgan and you haven’t always got to agree – that’s why free speech is important and I admire that, he stands by his front.

“He’s got balls of steel and I’m a big fan of Piers, big fan, and I supported him publicly on social media and then didn’t look at my Twitter for a week because I knew I would get absolutely abused but I didn’t care.”

Mum-of-one Claire went on to say: “And you know that show is not the same without him, I think he’s sorely missed on GMB.

“He shook it up and you know sometimes you agree and sometimes you cringe but I love him. I loved his book Wake Up as well, I’m a big Piers fan.”

Following Piers’ exit from the show, Claire took to her Twitter page in view of her 51,600 followers to support the former newspaper editor.

Sharing Piers’ Mail on Sunday column during which he broke his silence following his dramatic departure, Claire posted the article alongside the comment: “Brilliant article @piersmorgan. Miss you so much on @GMB.”

Meghan boasted an impressive show business CV before taking a step back from her acting career when she married into the Royal Family.

Following Meghan’s decision to partner with streaming giant Netflix in order to produce documentaries and films, Claire said: “I haven’t got a clue what she’s going to do next, she’s full of surprises, isn’t she? Who know’s what she’ll do next.”

Shortly after his exit from Good Morning Britain after refusing to apologise after Meghan, Duchess of Sussex made a personal complaint to ITV, Piers has claimed members of the Mountbatten-Windsor family have praised him.

He has since claimed that Sarah, Duchess of York, who was married to the Queen’s son, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, has contacted him.

“Friday, April 9. Not all Royal duchesses were as thrilled as Meghan ‘Pinocchio’ Markle to see me leave GMB,” he said.

Piers added: “People have said how much they miss your morning joy and humour,’ texted Sarah, Duchess of York, ‘get back out there!’.”

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