UPDATE: Clarkson gets swift rebuke as Harry and Megan accuse him of ´spreading hate

21:36 (January 16) – No surprise then that Clarkson´s apology wasn´t accepted by the couple.

Responding to his email apology (he should´ve picked up the phone) Harry and Meghan said that the article was just one of “a series of articles shared in hate” by Clarkson.

In his email apology, Clarkson claimed that he normally has someone proofread his column but that this time he wrote the piece in haste and hadn´t done so. But that excuse was resoundingly rejected.

A statement issued by the couple on Instagram said: “On December 25, 2022, Mr Clarkson wrote solely to Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex. The contents of his correspondence were marked private and confidential.

“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 rhetoric, dangerous conspiracy theories and misogyny.

“Unless each of his other pieces were also written ‘in a hurry’, as he states, it is clear that this is not an isolated incident shared in haste, but rather a series of articles shared in hate.”

No examples were provided, however, it is not the first time that Clarkson has been accused of being insensitive or strongly biased in his views.


15:40 (January 16) – Jeremy Clarkson has emailed Prince Harry and Meghan to apologise for his recent column that said how much he “hated” her.

Clarkson said on Monday, January 16 that he had written to the couple to apologise for his remarks in what became the most complained about article in British history.

Although he did allude to the furore his article caused at the time, he did not apologise for the remarks that included how much he “hated” Meghan and that he was “dreaming of the day when she is made to parade naked through the streets of every town in Britain while crowds chant, ‘Shame!’ and throw lumps of excrement at her.”

What isn´t clear is whether he was forced to issue the apology by the Sun, the ombudsman for the industry or whether he did it of his own accord.


 

13:37 (December 20) – Jeremy Clarkson’s column in which he said how much he hated Meghan Markle, has become the most complained ever.

The Independent Press Standards Organisation said on Tuesday, December 20 that the former Top Gear presenter’s article had attracted the highest number of complaints in the organisation’s history.

As of 9 am the organisation had received more than 17.500 complaints, more than 10 per cent of the annual number as readers expressed their outrage over his comments.

The organisation said: “We will follow our usual processes to examine the complaints we have received. This will take longer than usual because of the volume of complaints,” an IPSO spokesperson said, adding that the number of complaints would be subject to change.”

The confirmation of the growing number of complaints comes as more and more people call for Clarkson to be sacked, the latest a group of 64 MPs led by the Conservative MP Caroline Nokes. They have written an open letter to the editor of the Sun calling for Clarkson to be dealt with.

They said they condemn his column “in the strongest terms.”

Clarkson has taken to Twitter to say that he appears to have created a furore, however, he has yet to apologise for the comments made in the article. Those were found to be offensive to a very wide range of people attracting criticism from all corners of the country and from all walks of life.


15:25 (December 19) -Never the wallflower, Jeremy Clarkson has got himself into trouble for an article in which he wrote how much “I hate Meghan Markle.”

Speaking on Monday, December 19 Clarkson tweeted: “I am horrified to have caused so much hurt” and “I shall be more careful in future.”

The column resulted in the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) receiving more than 6,000 complaints. In addition to his comments about how much he hated the Duchess of Sussex he said fantasised about people “throwing excrement” at Meghan Markle after watching the Sussex’s Netflix series.

He said she should be “paraded naked through the streets” and that he “dreams of people throwing lumps of excrement at her.”

Forced to break his silence over the column Clarkson tweeted: “Oh dear. I’ve 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 this has gone down badly with a great many people.

“I’m horrified to have caused so much hurt and I shall be more careful in future.”

But he has been criticised for what many describe as a pathetic apology in which he never once apologised or said he was sorry.

A spokesperson for IPSO said that the complaints are being assessed in accordance with its standard procedure and that the number was subject to change. Throughout 2021 the media watchdog only received 14,355 complaints which put into perspective the level of outrage at Clarkson’s article.

Widely criticised for the article, Clarkson’s own daughter even took to social media to distance herself from her father’s article saying: “I want to make it very clear that I stand against everything my dad wrote about Meghan Markle.”

Emily further condemned her father’s ‘misogyny’ as she added: “My views are and have always been clear when it comes to misogyny, bullying and the treatment of women by the media. I remain standing in support of those targeted with online hatred.”

But she was not the only one with everyone from London’s Mayor Siddiq Khan to Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon saying the comments were unacceptable.

But the backlash is best summed up by a Tweet from comedian John Bishop who said: “WTF is this?? I don’t care who you are or who you work for you simply cannot write things like this.

“It is a blatant appeal to incite humiliation and violence on a woman. Some have excused it as dark humour. There is no joke here @JeremyClarkson and no excuse.”

It now remains to be seen what action if any both the Sun and IPSO will take after Jeremy Clarkson’s ‘I hate Meghan Markle’ article.


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