Former Mirror editor: Piers Morgan would ‘inject’ info into royal stories

Piers Morgan was the editor of the Daily Mirror from 1995 through 2004, when he was sh-tcanned. Before his stint at the Mirror, he worked for Rupert Murdoch’s British tabloids, the Sun and the News of the World. I have no doubt that Morgan picked up a lot of criminal methods for “newsgathering” while employed by News Group, methods which he brought over to the Mirror. In any case, Piers was the editor for many of the articles involved in Prince Harry’s lawsuit. After Harry’s testimony this week, Harry’s lawyer David Sherbourne cross-examined a former Mirror royal editor, Jane Kerr, about her reporting at that time. She described how Piers Morgan would “inject” information into her articles:

A former Daily Mirror royal editor said her former boss Piers Morgan would “inject” information into her stories without explaining where it was from. Jane Kerr was giving evidence in Prince Harry’s hacking case against Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN). He claims the papers unlawfully obtained private information about him, which MGN denies. Mr Morgan has consistently said no illegal newsgathering happened on his watch.

Ms Kerr, who worked for the Daily Mirror’s royal team from 1996 to 2007, told the High Court that Mr Morgan would add snippets of information into stories she had authored. She said he might have been speaking to “someone at the palace” but she would not know who.

Ms Kerr added that Mr Morgan, who was editor of the paper from 1995 to 2004, took a “really genuine interest” in the coverage. In her written witness statement, Ms Kerr said he “engaged with the Palace press offices and would occasionally direct or inject information into a story”.

Prince Harry alleges about 140 articles published between 1996 and 2010 by MGN – the publisher of the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and the People – contained information gathered using unlawful methods. A sample of 33 stories are being scrutinised during this case, a number of which were written by Ms Kerr.

She was asked about a story reporting that a young Prince Harry had taken drugs at parties, which included reports that Prince Charles had been “hugely relieved” to have been told his son had only used cannabis “spliffs”. Prince Harry’s barrister, David Sherborne, put it to her that this was private information which could have been obtained from listening to voicemail messages, asking: “Where did you get the quotes from Ms Kerr?”

She replied: “I can’t say for sure where I got them from, I can’t remember – it’s possible Piers gave them to me, it’s possible the Palace. I don’t remember.”

Mr Sherborne responded: “You’re saying the Palace would have given you what Prince Charles said in highly sensitive meetings with his son?” She repeatedly said that she could not remember the sources of stories published decades ago.

[From BBC]

It’s possible that Clarence House – then Prince Charles’s royal court – was slipping information to Piers about Harry and William, information which would then be “injected” into the Mirror’s royal coverage. In fact, I’m sure that “Piers Morgan having drinks with Mark Bolland and Charles’s comms team” explains some – but not all – of the exclusives run by the Mirror at that time. That’s interesting on its own, because Charles has always been an awful father and of course Charles and his people thought nothing of briefing against Harry and William when they were teens. But, as I said, that doesn’t explain every exclusive and every story. I still don’t get how everyone in the British press gets to pretend like Leveson never happened??

Photos courtesy of Backgrid, Twitter.

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  1. lassie says:

    Ewww. XYZ, Piers!

    (As in ‘EXamine Your Zipper.’)

    • ML says:

      The xyzpdq situation with Piss’s zipper and “injecting” information into Ms Kerr’s stories is beyond disgusting 🤢

    • Brassy Rebel says:

      I’m so glad we’re not seeing more than we are in that pic. 🫣🙈🙀

    • Elizabeth Phillips says:

      Seriously! How do you know feel more air or something?

  2. aquarius64 says:

    Fingers crossed Morgan is ordered to testify and eventually go into the dock.

  3. Scout says:

    Piers Morgan’s zipper is down in a pic used for this post. How appropriate.

  4. WingKingdom says:

    Such an amazing picture choice down at the bottom 😂

    I feel like we’re so close to an admission that a lot of stuff is also just made up.

  5. spicydragonfly says:

    PissMorgan with his fly down. that is all 😖

  6. Amy Bee says:

    Given that Piers Morgan’s friends with Camilla, you can guarantee that she also leaked information to him. If the Mirror didn’t get the information via phone hacking etc. then it was from members of the Royal Family. Either way, Harry wins because he gets it on record that the press and/or the family intruded into his private life.

  7. j.ferber says:

    I find the idea of Piers injecting anything into anywhere slightly alarming (and gross). Sit down, man. You’ve already made a mess of everything.

  8. ariel says:

    Instead of using a pic of that creep, could y’all come up with an aesthetically pleasing alternative? Harrison Ford in American Graffiti. Mark Harmon circa 1986. Anything but that dreadful, angry bigoted face.
    Its horrific.

    Y’all have a great weekend!

    • Eurydice says:

      Yuck, definitely. But I don’t mind the occasional revisit of PM’s sweaty bloated face. It will bring me satisfaction to see it slapped up one side and down the other.

  9. Sarem says:

    EW that picture! But lol

  10. Jais says:

    What an awful human being he is. How I wish the judge had ordered him to be at this trial. Would have loved to see Sherborne question him.

  11. Mary Pester says:

    The picture is grosse, but there again so is Morgan the moron. What I want to see is HIM in the witness box being made to answer questions and locked the fk up if he refuses to say WHERE AND WHO

  12. HeyKay says:

    The ego on PM. Honestly what a scum.
    Ignore him completely.

  13. phaedra7 says:


  14. Sportie says:

    I’ll preface this by saying, I’m glad she’s speaking up now and willing to do so under oath, it isn’t without personal consequence. However, I don’t believe for a second that she doesn’t recall where they got the information from. It’s possible she doesn’t know the exact person in every case, but she knows the source. She was in deep for years, during the dirtiest years and had no qualms with what was being done. Any “journalist” or writer has detailed notes and retains those notes, forever. She’s only being vaguely honest, still not willing to give the actual smoking gun that would absolutely sink the guilty parties.

    • Jais says:

      From my understanding, the judge actually ordered her to testify in this trial, which is actually unusual. So she’s not finally speaking up. She’s being forced to answer questions. And I’ll say it again, how I wish the judge had ordered Piers to do the same. And yes 💯 bullshit that she does not remember where the information came from.

      • Sportie says:

        @Jais Thanks for the clarification. She has first hand knowledge given she’s the writer (on record) makes sense she’d be called to testify. Based on her testimony I would guess that Piers will be called at some point. I don’t doubt that Piers will pull the I don’t recall scam and have no qualms about lying under oath. He isn’t worried, he’s always been protected by the Murdoch’s, won the Apprentice because of his dirty ways and is now protected by King Camilla, the con-artist formally known as the sidepiece.

  15. Southern Fried says:

    Has Piss been a bit quiet since court began or am I not up to speed? Like others say here it would be glorious to see him try to survive Sherborne’s questioning. Bring it on.

  16. Bumblebee says:

    In the US, wouldn’t this be considered protecting a source? I think the reporter gets put in jail until they tell the court where they got the information from. You can’t present something as a fact and then not be able to prove it. At least, that’s how it used to be.

  17. Murphy says:

    Piers had it out for Henry since the late 90’s, would Megan not snubbing him have even done anything anyway?