Prince Harry and Meghan Markle react to Jeremy Clarkson’s public apology

On Monday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex offered their response to an apology from Jeremy Clarkson, who posted some pretty nasty language about Meghan Markle and his admitted hatred of her. Clarkson’s column in The sun clearly did not go over as he expected, and he experienced an intense wave of backlash for his opinion, which included a suggestion that British crowds should throw “excrement” at her.

The media personality claimed he had apologized privately to the Sussexes, but in a statement via their spokesperson they said Clarkson’s initial apology was never to Meghan, only Harry, and was not acceptable.

“On 25 December 2022, Mr Clarkson wrote exclusively to Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex. The contents of his correspondence were marked private and confidential,” it began.

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“While a new public apology has been issued today by Mr. Clarkson, what remains to be addressed is his long-standing pattern of writing articles that spread hate speech, dangerous conspiracy theories and misogyny,” the statement continued. “Unless each of his other pieces were also written ‘in haste,’ as he says, it is clear that this is not an isolated incident shared in haste, but rather a series of articles shared in hate.”

Clarkson’s column was removed from The Sun’s website at his request after it became the most complained about article in the publication’s history. The Duke and Duchess also rejected an apology from The Sun, calling it a PR stunt. Clarkson is likely to lose his show on Amazon Prime Video, below The big trip and Clarkson’s farm.

In another column, Clarkson also tried to retract his statements, writing“Oh god. I’d rather put my foot in it. In a column I wrote about Meghan, I made a clumsy reference to a scene in Game of Thrones and it has gone badly with a great many people. I am horrified to have caused so much hurt and I will be more careful in the future.”

He continued: “It was a slow rumble to start with and I ignored it. But then the rumble got louder. So I picked up a copy of The Sun to see what the fuss was about…I guess we’ve all been there . At the exact moment when we suddenly realize we’ve completely messed up. You’re sweaty and cold at the same time. And your head is pounding. And you feel sick. I couldn’t believe what I was reading. Did I really say that? It was terrible.”

He went on to say that people did not understand the reference to the wildly popular HBO show, and believed that he was known for being anti-sexist in his career on television.

“I was very angry with myself because in all the controversial days after Top Gear, when I was accused of all sorts of things, it was very rarely sexism,” Clarkson claimed. “We never did ‘women can’t park,’ for example. Or suggested that powerful cars were only for men. And I was thrilled when Jodie Kidd and Ellen MacArthur set the fastest laps ever in our reasonable car. I’m just not sexist, and I abhor violence against women. And yet I seemed to be advocating just that.”

Aimée Lutkin is weekend editor at ELLE.com. Her writing has appeared in Jezebel, Glamour, Marie Claire and more. Her first book, The lone hunter, will be published by Dial Press in February 2022.

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