Dermot O’Leary forced to intervene as Meghan Markle dig sparks This Morning spat

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This Morning presenters Dermot O'Leary was taken aback during Thursday's show as guests Julia Hartley-Brewer clashed with Coronation Street star Nicola Thorp about Meghan Markle.

As the group discussed the new family photo release by the royal family, which showed the Queen and the late Prince Philip surrounded by their grandchildren, Julia couldn't resist getting a dig in.

As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's son Archie hadn't been born yet, he wasn't included in the photo, leading to Julia saying that Meghan would "say the photo was racist because it didn't include her son", leading to a shocked reaction from Nicola.

Nicola exclaimed: "You can't say that," before launching into a rebuttal at Nicola's harsh words, saying that she was tired of hearing the agenda about Meghan being pushed forward, and she thought viewers would be too.

Dermot quickly said: "Ladies please, let's move on to the next subject," before eventually letting them round off the debate.

After, he joked: "We thought we'd start off with a lighter subject," before saying that the topic hadn't gone as planned.

At the end of the segment, he turned to his co-star Alison Hammond and said: "That started off being very feisty! I think we managed to save it."

Unsurprisingly, the topic sparked a strong reaction from viewers, as many took to social media to scold Julia for her controversial joke.

One posted: "It’s 10:15 am and I am already raging for Meghan Markle and Alison Hammond. We need to stop giving Julia air time. She is awful!"

Another added: "Wow wow, now making jokes and laughing about racism and bringing Meghan up and talking bad about her again when nothing was said about her? Get Julia off our tv screens!"

A third chipped in: "Meghan really stays rent free in this woman’s head."

But one argued: "Julia is only speaking the truth! Just like @piersmorgan before her but as usual all the woke crowd coming out saying she’s out of order!!!#manup."

This Morning airs on weekdays at 10am on ITV.

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