Harry, Meghan reject Jeremy Clarkson’s apology for Sun story

Prince Harry and Meghan haven’t accepted British TV host Jeremy Clarkson’s public apology for a success piece he wrote concerning the Duchess of Sussex.

In a press release offered Monday night to the Guardian, the royal couple stated that Clarkson had beforehand written “solely to Prince Harry” in a message “marked private and confidential” earlier than publicly apologizing Monday by way of Instagram.

“While a new public apology has been issued today by Mr. Clarkson, what remains to be addressed is his longstanding pattern of writing articles that spread hate rhetoric, dangerous conspiracy theories and misogyny,” a spokesperson for the Sussexes stated.

“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.”

On Monday, Clarkson tried to “buck the trend” of failed apologies from public figures by releasing what he referred to as “a mea culpa with bells on” for his broadly condemned column attacking the previous Meghan Markle. Within the December article revealed within the Sun’s opinion part, Clarkson declared that he despised the Duchess of Sussex “on a cellular level” and dreamed of a day she could be pressured to “parade naked” by the streets whereas folks threw feces at her.

“I really am sorry. All the way from the balls of my feet to the follicles on my head,” Clarkson wrote in his Monday assertion. “This is me putting my hands up.”

When it got here out, Clarkson’s story ignited a firestorm on social media and prompted 1000’s of complaints to U.Okay. press regulator IPSO. Amid a tidal wave of criticism, the Sun determined to yank the column from its web site.

In his assertion, Clarkson stated he often reads his work to another person earlier than submitting however “was home alone on that fateful day, and in a hurry,” so he “just pressed send.”

“When the column appeared the next day, the land mine exploded,” 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 all the fuss was about. … I couldn’t believe what I was reading. Had I really said that? It was horrible.”

This isn’t the primary time Clarkson has addressed the backlash to his anti-Meghan tirade. Shortly after the story was revealed, the broadcaster tweeted that he had put his “foot in it” by making “a clumsy reference to a scene in Game of Thrones” and promised to be “more careful in the future.” (He gave the impression to be alluding to Cersei Lannister’s notorious stroll of disgrace in Season 5 of the HBO drama.)

“I’d been thinking of a scene in Game of Thrones, but I’d forgotten to mention this,” Clarkson repeated Monday.

“So it looked like I was actually calling for revolting violence to rain down on Meghan’s head. … I’m just not sexist and I abhor violence against women. And yet I seemed to be advocating for just that. I was mortified and so was everyone else.”

Clarkson additionally claimed that — opposite to the Sussexes’ assertion — he emailed each Harry and Meghan on Christmas morning to apologize for the “disgraceful” language utilized in his article. In an interview final week with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Harry stated he was shocked however not shocked by the column and thanked Clarkson for “proving our point” concerning the media’s unfair therapy of his spouse.

“Can I move on now? Not sure,” Clarkson concluded his most up-to-date apology. “But I promise you this, I will try.”