SUSANNA Reid today admitted she can no longer defend Meghan Markle over her "endless media".
The Duchess of Sussex, 40, was yesterday seen chatting away with US talk show host Ellen DeGeneres in an interview due to be aired in full later today.
The surprise appearance came just months after Meghan gave her explosive Oprah interview and follows her and Prince Harry's repeated calls for privacy.
But Susanna Reid, who was regularly forced to defend the royals from Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain, told the show she is now finding their pleas "hard to defend".
Speaking about Meghan's latest media chat, Susanna said: “I find it’s getting increasingly hard to defend.
“But their explanation is they didn’t want the kind of media coverage the kind of endlessly critical media coverage they were getting with the undertones that Meghan and Harry said there was around it.
"They wanted almost to take back control."
Of her bombshell Oprah interview, the GMB host added: "She put a rocket under practically everything frankly from the royal family to this programme."
Susanna's comments come after Piers Morgan sensationally stormed off and quit Good Morning Britain during a heated debate about Meghan.
The former GMB host famously dismissed the legitimacy of the duchess' claims to Oprah that she suffered suicidal feelings – something Susanna was always quick to defend.
But last night Piers jokingly said he's "available" to interview Meghan – despite their ongoing rift.
In a 120 second preview clip of Meghan's Ellen chat, the duchess can be seen spilling the beans on her acting days before meeting Prince Harry.
The former Suits star beams as she recalls how she would go to auditions on the same Warner Bros. lot as Ellen's set.
And she can't help but giggle over how she used to climb through the boot of her old banger to get to the front.
But one royal expert last night warned the surprise interview "will spark dread" at the Palace following the chaotic aftermath of the Oprah fallout.
Royal biographer Angela Levin said: "I think the palace dread everything she says because she can be so rude.
"The interview with Oprah was bad timing. Prince Harry's grandfather was ill. It is all about what is good to her. She's ruthless and she thinks of herself first."
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