About six years ago, I found myself having an increasingly tedious conversation with a man I did not know personally, but had spoken to briefly on a dating app.
Our discussion came to a natural end, so I didn't reply. He persisted, asking another bland question. I told him I didn't feel a connection (along with several 'sorrys' and 'but I'm sure you're lovelys', because I am a woman, and we are conditioned to protect a man's ego at all costs, for his preservation, but also for our safety).
He responded to tell me I was a f***ing b****, without the censoring.
God, what a cliche.
Watch: Piers Morgan storms out of the Good Morning Britain studio after being challenged by a colleague. Post continues below video.
In 2016, Piers Morgan and Meghan Markle met for a drink in London. It was the first time they'd met, having previously only communicated online after Morgan followed a bunch of Suits stars on Twitter, and Markle thanked him in a DM.
"We had two hours in the pub, she had a couple of dirty martinis and pints - we got on brilliantly," he explained on an Irish talk show.
"Then I put her in a cab, and it turns out it was the cab that took her to a party where she met Prince Harry. The next night they had a solo dinner, and that was the last I ever heard from Meghan Markle. I never heard from her again - Meghan Markle ghosted me."
On this night, in 2017, Morgan said he thought Markle was a bit of a social climber. That narrative only got worse as time went on, as Markle became more famous, and as his rants garnered more and more clicks.
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