British journalist Piers Morgan sparked controversy by criticizing Ariana Grande for not staying in Manchester to meet with the victims of the suicide bombing at her concert. Queen Elizabeth visited victims of the Manchester bombing at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital on May 25, the Daily Mail reported. Pop superstar Katy Perry took to Twitter to praise the queen, writing: “God bless The Queen and her kind heart.”
Morgan responded to the tweet, and his response got the attention of several other users who found his remarks offensive. “Agreed. Might have been nice if [Ariana Grande] had stayed to do the same,” Morgan tweeted.
Grande was photographed landing in her hometown in Florida the day after the terrorist attack at her Manchester concert, which killed 22 people and injured more than 100 others.
She has shared one tweet since the incident: “broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.” Still, Morgan felt Grande should have stayed behind to help console her fans who were injured at her show. Some Twitter users agreed, but many did not. When asked why he would use a tweet by Perry praising the queen as an opportunity to “attack Ariana Grande,” Morgan stuck to his guns.
“Because it struck me as odd that the Queen would visit the wounded fans & not the star who they had paid to watch,” he responded.
When asked what he expected of Grande during this difficult time, Morgan said, “I expected her to stay, visit & comfort her wounded fans & relatives of those who died.”
“If the Queen can visit the victims in hospital, so can the star they paid to see,” he tweeted at a user who called his previous tweets “spectacularly ill thought out.” Queen Elizabeth met with several victims at the hospital, including 14-year-old Evie Mills, CNN reported.
She told Mills she thought Grande was a “very good singer,” and that “she sounds very, very good.” The queen also told the girl’s parents that “everyone is united” in the aftermath of the attack. She also spoke with hospital staff, including doctors and nurses who were treating the victims of the tragic bombing.
“The awful thing was that everyone was so young. The age of them,” she told one staff member. Manchester hospitals are still treating 75 victims of the Manchester bombing, according to a statement from the NHS England. Of those patients, 23 are in critical care.