CNN's Piers Morgan talks the royal wedding: 'I have connections that most American anchors can only dream of'

CNN anchor Piers Morgan is not worried about the ruthless competition for exclusives and access to the upcoming royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton. In fact, the native Brit thinks he has a leg up on his American colleagues. “I think the accent will be a major weapon for me,” says Morgan. EW chatted with the host of Piers Morgan Tonight about the media frenzy surrounding the wedding, his plan for coverage, and the wedding’s cultural impact.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What’s your coverage plan?
PIERS MORGAN: The advantage that I have is that it’s obviously my hometown and I lived and worked in London for 25 years. I’ve also met and know quite well most of the royal family. I think it might be a homerun for CNN.

Can you put in this context? How big do you think this will be?
This will be the biggest superstar event of the year because the two biggest stars in the world right now are Prince William and Kate Middleton. You can just assess that by the sheer oxygen of publicity that they’re now beginning to get on American television, magazines, newspapers, and the same is happening all over the world. We haven’t had a huge royal wedding in a very long time and I think the whole world is excited by it. It’s just a moment of wonderful escapism.

As a former British newspaper editor, what do you think the UK press is going through over there? Is it hysteria?
It’s gonna be utterly ruthless on the day. Everyone’s trying to get the best vantage points and that’s where local knowledge will definitely come into play. I know London by the back of my hand. The whole country will stop. Thirty million people will watch British television that day and everyone will for a few hours escape into the ultimate soap opera which is the royal family.

How will your coverage differ from other news outlets?
I’m going to be playing very hard and very firmly on my connections to the royal family. I’ve got photographs at home with me and the entire royal family at various events. I had a memorable lunch once with just me, Diana, and Prince William. I’ve met the queen five times. I’ve met Charles about ten times. I know Camilla Parker Bowles well. I’m very friendly with her son. I have connections that most American anchors can only dream of.

Are you trying to land the post-wedding interview with Kate and William?
I’m certainly negotiating with the palace over that. Whether they do an interview post-wedding remains to be scene. They believe, and they’re probably right, that less is more. The Queen mother always had a wonderful phrase, “Never complain, never explain, and never be heard speaking in public.” I think the more mysterious the royals can be in this modern age, the better for their longevity, to be honest.

Do you think American interest is equal to British interest?
I think American interest if anything is bigger than anything in Britain. You don’t have a royal family here so I think all Americans love our royal family. It’s the same way we admire your presidency because we don’t have one either. I think there’s something very magical about the royals when they do a huge event. Americans are absolute suckers for royal weddings. I remember when Diana and Fergie [Sarah, Duchess of York] got married and you guys lapped it up. Every tiny second that you could squeeze out of it, you squeezed.

For more on the media frenzy around the royal wedding, check out this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly.


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  • Abby

    Is this guy’s ego just a little over the top? I’ve watched one episode and all he does is talk about himself. And I thought Larry King was bad.

    • Prunella Von Schleidlhaagen

      It really is. Larry King is bad in that he often had no idea who he was talking to. Piers is bad in that he thinks he’s just as interesting as his subject.

  • Kingz Things

    He is wrong.

    American interest is not bigger than Britain’s. The royals are somewhat low-key, and the only thing I see are British journalists yakking all over any show that will have them on. This isn’t Di-Charles, there are more alternatives, and more newsworthy things going on nowadays.

    He’s had a slew of Brits appearing on his show, but only he seems to care. I like Colin Firth, too, but don’t want to listen to him for an hour.

  • The Editor

    It’s “remains to be SEEN” not “remains to be scene.” Does no one proof read articles for publication anymore?

    • Samantha

      I did a face-palm when I read that. I guess anyone can write these days.

  • missnell

    Wait. Is anyone still watching Piers Morgan?

    Anyone?

    Nah, didn’t think so.

    • Amary

      I never watched Larry King much less Piers Morgan!

  • Butters

    This guy is a soulless twerp. And I thought the Kardashians were shameless self promoters. They took away analog tv for this?

  • Annia

    I watch CNN all the time & Piers’ show is among other shows that I watch every night. I find his show not at all boring. At least he doesn’t roll his eyes & rudely interrupting his guests like the one on HLN…yeah, you know who I’m talking about.

  • norez

    Morgan’s a bore. I tried to stick with his show, thought anything would be better than Larry King. I was wrong.

    He doesn’t interview his GUESTS; HE interviews his guests.

    • PJ

      I agree. During the small time period I saw him when overseas – he flatters his second rate guests so much I was disgusted. He is obnoxious.

  • terrydiane

    Never been Keen on Piers went he worked over here on British TV felt sorry for the U.S when he moved out there. He thinks he’s everybodies friend personaly never heard off him till he worked with Simon Cowell

  • Elaine Wziontek

    love the royal family soap opera although I was more interested in Charles and Diana 30 years ago. won’t be getting up at 4 am, happy to watch highlights and a short interview if they have anything interesting to say.

  • PJ

    He has to be kidding!! No Royal would give him the time of day. What a jerk!!

    • Jita

      got a lot of Brittish pals–real sweathearts–but met some weird ones on my travels–he reminds me of a guide from S.Africa(premium tours) who made life hell for my family on a tour of Bath in Sept’10–pathetic how he flaunts his royal connections!

  • Norma Lee

    Piers..Video’s official Peeping Tom ..is perfect for what will certainly be TV’s most tasteless (and boring) coverage..
    It really is worth every point to end his contract. UGH! No way will I watch on your channel.

  • Gordon

    There are so many typing and spelling errors in this short article: “remains to be scene” “by the back of my hand”. Highly embarrassing.

  • yazz

    I couldn’t watch CNN’s coverage of the wedding because Pier’s fawning and over the top ‘aren’t we Brits lucky we have this tradition’was just intolerable, he kept on trying to draw Anderson Cooper into it ‘have you ever seen anything as amazing anderson’ and Anderson wouldn’t be drawn in trying to remain professional. I try to catch his shows for the guests, but he’s becoming increasingly uninteresting. I think he’s lost not gained more American audiences with this wedding palaver.

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