Jeremy Clarkson says he has apologised to Harry and Meghan over his Sun column

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Jeremy Clarkson has said he apologised to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle over his column in The Sun, which was published in December.

In the column, Clarkson wrote that he despises the Duchess of Sussex “on a cellular level” and dreams of people throwing “excrement” at her naked in the street.

In a post on Instagram published today (16 January), Clarkson said he had emailed the Sussexes on Christmas morning to apologise. He said the language he used was “disgraceful” and that he was “profoundly sorry”.

In a lengthy post on Instagram, Clarkson said: “I knew what had happened straight away. I’d been thinking of a scene in Game of Thrones, but I’d forgotten to mention this. So it looked like I was actually calling for revolting violence to rain down on Meghan’s head.”

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The column prompted a record 25,000 complaints to press regulator Ipso. It has since been taken down from The Sun’s website, and the newspaper also published an apology.

Before Christmas, on 19th December, Clarkson tweeted in response to the backlash, saying that he was “horrified”. The tweet said:

“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.”

Prince Harry acknowledged the column in his recent interview on ITV, describing it as "horrific and hurtful and cruel towards my wife".

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