Royal biographer Andrew Morton is rushed to hospital after collapsing

Royal biographer Andrew Morton is rushed to hospital after collapsing with suspected stroke just five minutes into a speech

  • Author, who recently penned a biography of Meghan Markle, collapsed today
  • He was midway through a speech about another book when he was taken ill
  • It is believed he may have suffered a stroke and is receiving treatment in London

Royal biographer Andrew Morton has been rushed to hospital after collapsing with a suspected stroke just five minutes into a speech.

Mr Morton reportedly collapsed into his chair midway through a talk in central London, where he was promoting his book Wallis In Love: The Untold True Passion Of The Duchess Of Windsor

The 65-year-old told the shocked audience at Simpson’s In The Strand: ‘I’m sorry I can’t go on.’ 

He then quickly left the room and an ambulance was called. He is understood to be receiving treatment at the nearby University College hospital.

Royal biographer Andrew Morton has been taken to hospital after collapsing during a speech 


Mr Morton was due at another event this evening to promote his new book on Meghan Markle

Mr Morton, the author of Meghan: A Hollywood Princess, was due to help present ABC’s coverage of the royal wedding this weekend.

A source told The Sun: ‘He forgot what he was saying, was sweating and started to sway. 

‘He ended up getting carted off from The Strand in the back of an ambulance and taken to UCLH. People are saying it’s a suspected stroke.’ 

Mr Morton was due to appear to talk about his book on Meghan at Waterstones in Chelsea this evening, but the event was cancelled this afternoon.

The bookshop tweeted: ‘Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have been forced to cancel the Andrew Morton event this evening. 

‘Please accept our sincerest apologies. We are offering refunds to all ticketholders so do pop in. Many thanks.’

Waterstones in Chelsea, where Mr Morton was due to speak tonight, tweeted this message

Mr Morton, pictured on his wedding day to wife Carolyn, is the author of a number of biographies of royalty and famous figures

Mr Morton made his name writing Diana: Her True Story, which was was revised after her death in a horrific car accident.

The book was based on about seven hours of taped interviews, which were secretly made in Kensington Palace in 1991 and conducted through an intermediary.

In the tapes, the princess talked openly about her life before marrying Prince Charles, her long battle with bulimia, her suicide attempts, the heartache over her husband’s long affair with Camilla Parker Bowles and her strained relationships with other members of the Royal family. 

When the book was first released it was met with ‘shock, disgust and astonishment’ from many members of the public.

Mr Morton is best known for his bestselling biography of Princess Diana after she taped repsonses to his questions

The Archbishop of Canterbury condemned it, an MP suggested Mr Morton be imprisoned in the Tower of London, and the chairman of the Press Complaints Commission, Lord McGregor, accused the media of ‘dabbling their fingers in the stuff of other people’s souls’.

In the ensuing furore, the book was banned by numerous major bookstores and supermarkets until it became apparent that the book had been produced with the Princess’ co-operation. 

Mr Morton has also penned other books on William and Kate, Monica Lewinsky and Victoria and David Beckham.

Mr Morton has also penned other books on William and Kate, Monica Lewinsky and Victoria and David Beckham

He previously survived a car crash when he was injured on his honeymoon in a fatal smash in which a woman and baby died.

Last month while promoting his book on Ms Markle, Mr Morton said the American actress is joining the Windsors fully formed, with her own successful career.

In his new book, Meghan – A Hollywood Princess, he charts Ms Markle’s rise to stardom.

‘She’s a very different kind of bride. She’s coming to the royal family fully formed, with a successful career, with successful work as a blogger, Instagram-er, social media and also of course her humanitarian work with World Vision Canada and the United Nations,” he told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show.

‘She’s the full package… she’s brought these millions of followers as a dowry to the royal family.’

Morton hailed Ms Markle’s activism, which began at an early age, suggesting: ‘Her royal crest is going to be Make The Change, because that’s always been her motto.’

He also claimed that former friends of Ms Markle had experienced what he called the “Meghan chill”.

‘It’s the sense that when you’re out, you’re out,’ the writer said.

‘She’s had a life where she’s been very mobile. She’s moved from Los Angeles to Toronto, and not all of her friends have stayed with her, and those who’ve dropped by the wayside have felt what they call the “Meghan chill”.’ 

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