Jeremy Clarkson apologizes about a month after scathing article about Meghan Markle in The Sun

Jeremy Clarkson apologizes about a month after scathing article about Meghan Markle in The Sun

Jeremy Clarkson apologizes about a month after scathing article about Meghan Markle in The Sun

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Netflix docuseriesreleased in December made the headlines and has become a polarizing topic of discussion in many circles. One of their most vocal critics, British TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson, has now issued a new, more blunt apology for comments he made in a column in The Sun newspaper, in which he said that he “hated” Markle.

In the December article, which was removed from The Sun’s website, Clarkson said he lay awake at night “gritting his teeth and dreaming of the day she [Meghan] is made for parading naked through the streets of every city in Britain as crowds chant “Shame!” and throw pieces of excrement at it.

The article immediately drew widespread backlash, including more than 20,000 complaints to the UK’s Independent Press Standards Organization, which aims to hold newspapers and magazines to certain standards. Clarkson then said he was sorry for his comments “caused so much pain”, but he stopped apologizing directly for what he had said.

In an interview with ITV, Prince Harry said the article was “awful, hurtful and cruel to my wife”, BBC News reported.

In his new statement, shared to Instagram on Monday, Clarkson said he usually reads his work to someone before submitting it, but was in a hurry when he wrote the couple’s article and he “just pressed send”.

“I’m so sorry,” he wrote. “All the way from the soles of my feet to the follicles of my head.” He said he became aware of the criticism as a “slow rumble” at first, “but then the rumble got louder”.

In the statement, Clarkson said he was referring to a scene from “Game of Thrones” in his description of Markle being paraded through the streets, but forgot to mention it in the article. He did the same explanation on Twitter after the article was published: “Oh my God. I kinda stepped foot in it. In a column I wrote about Meghan, I made an awkward reference to a scene from Game of Thrones and it got gone wrong with so many I’m horrified to have done so much wrong and will be more careful in the future,” he tweeted.

He said he had been “accused of all sorts of things” in the past but “it was very rarely sexism”, and he got angry at himself after the debacle with his column.

“I was mortified and so was everyone else,” reads his new statement. “My phone went crazy. Very close friends were furious. Even my own daughter took to Instagram to report me.” Clarkson’s daughter, Emily, wrote at the time: “I want to make it very clear that I oppose everything my dad has written about Meghan Markle.”

The Sun issued an apology on December 23, writing, “We at The Sun regret the publication of this article and we sincerely apologize.” Still, critics have called for Clarkson to be fired — or even charged with a hate crime, he said in his statement.

Clarkson said he sent an apology to Prince Harry and Meghan on Christmas morning. “I said I was confused by what they were saying on TV but the language I used in my column was shameful and I was deeply sorry,” he wrote.

In their documentary series, “Harry and Megan” the couple said what caused them to quit their roles in the royal family in 2020 was the adversarial media, which perpetuated the rumors and sometimes made racist comments against Markle, who is biracial and the first person of color to join the Royal family.

The series quickly became Netflix’s most-watched documentary.

In Prince Harry’s new book ‘Spare’ Released last week, he also called the UK media and said his family were not supportive as he and Meghan battled the tabloids and in particular the “racial undertones of the comments” about his wife.

“They felt like it made them look bad,” Harry told Anderson Cooper in an interview for CBS News’ “60 Minutes.” “They felt like they didn’t have a chance or weren’t able to do it for their partners.”

“What Meghan had to go through was similar in part to what Kate and Camilla went through, very different circumstances. But then you add the element of racing, which the press immediately jumped on.”

Clarkson stars in “Clarkson’s Farm,” an Amazon Prime Video series, following his attempt at running a farm. Variety reports Amazon will likely part ways with Clarkson and canceled a virtual press event for the show on Monday.

Clarkson also hosts ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’ on ITV in the UK Kevin Lygo, the head of ITV’s media and entertainment division, says there are no plans ‘at the moment’ to replace him as host, reports BBC News.

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