Friday 30 September 2016

Piers Morgan urges William to defend trophy hunting stance on TV

Published 14/04/2016 | 13:56

Piers Morgan was speaking at the Good Morning Britain Health Star Awards
Piers Morgan was speaking at the Good Morning Britain Health Star Awards

Piers Morgan has called on the Duke of Cambridge to go on Good Morning Britain and defend his support of trophy hunting.

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Morgan criticised William on the show on Wednesday morning over comments the Duke made to ITV News that "there is a place for commercial hunting in Africa as there is around the world", and on Thursday Morgan said he would like to challenge him in person.

Speaking at the Good Morning Britain Health Star Awards, Morgan told Press Association: "I'd have William and Harry on the sofa... I'd love to talk to William because somehow he's got to square off this round peg of wanting to be the face of conservation but also encouraging trophy hunting, which is the most sickening form of brutality to animals imaginable."

He continued: "For our future king to be aligning himself to trophy hunters - and we saw Prince Harry doing it (posing) with a water buffalo and also he's the face of wildlife conservation - you can't be grinning next to corpses of big beasts you've nailed and then allow big trophy hunters to put them on their new wall. You can't do both.

"If it falls to me as one of their loyal and obedient subjects to point out the slight inconsistency here, I will."

Morgan also pulled no punches over the junior doctors' strikes, calling the situation a "mess", as he spoke at the inaugural awards celebrating the nation's unsung health heroes.

He said: "I've got a lot of sympathy with junior doctors, they work incredibly long hours, very hard and save lots of lives.

"There comes a point where there has to be reconciliation between the junior doctors and the Government to try and work out the mess everyone's got into.

"I hope they do it soon and they're all back to work full time without any more strikes, because it doesn't feel right to me that the junior doctors feel so maligned that they have to strike and I'm sure most of them don't like going on strike, so the sooner it's resolved the better."

His co-star Susanna Reid looked stunning in a navy jumpsuit as she revealed the secret to her trim figure was zumba and preparations for the GMB team's upcoming "Tough Mum" competition.

Looking startled, Reid said: "Yes, apparently we're all doing it again!"

Reid was a runner-up on Strictly Come Dancing in 2013, dancing alongside professional Kevin Clifton who was also at the event with his wife Karen.

Morgan revealed his keep-fit regime consisted of spinning classes and lifting weights and ruled out an appearance on the BBC One dance competition despite admitting he had been offered "very, very large sums of money" for the UK version and American equivalent Dancing With The Stars.

"He must be really wary of his dance ability if he's turning that down," joked Reid.

"I think he should do the nation a favour and be on Strictly," she added.

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