Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Slam Jeremy Clarkson's Public Apology for Offensive Article

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Jeremy Clarkson Says He Apologized to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry for Sun Article: 'I Really Am Sorry'
Jeremy Clarkson Says He Apologized to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry for Sun Article: 'I Really Am Sorry'

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are speaking out against Jeremy Clarkson's new public apology for the offensive article he wrote about the Duchess of Sussex in December.

The 62-year-old British broadcaster shared a statement on Instagram Monday, expressing remorse for writing the controversial article that was published in The Sun last month where he vented about his "hate" for Meghan "on a cellular level." He also claimed to have reached out to both Meghan and Harry on Christmas Day.

However, a spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex refutes Clarkson's claim, saying that he only reached out to Harry.

In a statement shared with PEOPLE Monday, the spokesperson 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," it continued. "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."

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 30: Jeremy Clarkson attends the ITV Autumn Entertainment Launch at White City House on August 30, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Nick England/Getty Images); Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is seen during The State Funeral Of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 in London, England. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and ascended the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her Father, King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 30: Jeremy Clarkson attends the ITV Autumn Entertainment Launch at White City House on August 30, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Nick England/Getty Images); Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is seen during The State Funeral Of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 in London, England. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and ascended the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her Father, King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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Clarkson's apology hit social media earlier Monday, where he began, "One of the strange things I've noticed in recent times is that whenever an MP or a well-known person is asked to apologise for something, no matter how heartfelt or profound that apology may be, it's never enough for the people who called for it in the first place."

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"So I'm going to try and buck the trend this morning with an apology for the things I said in a Sun column recently about Meghan Markle. I really am sorry. All the way from the balls of my feet to the follicles on my head. This is me putting my hands up. It's a mea culpa with bells on," he wrote.

"Usually, I read what I've written to someone else before filing, but I was home alone on that fateful day, and in a hurry. So when I'd finished, I just pressed send," he continued. "And then, when the column appeared the next day, the land mine exploded."

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Clarkson said he felt "sick" to see the "horrible" story in print, alleging, "I'd been thinking of the 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." (In the original article, Clarkson wrote, "At night, I'm unable to sleep as I lie there, grinding my teeth and dreaming of the day when she is made to parade naked through the streets of every town in Britain while the crowds chant, 'Shame!' and throw lumps of excrement at her.")

Clarkson said he was "mortified" and does not condone violence against women, though his own daughter and 60 Members of Parliament denounced his position, while ITV and Amazon (who produce some of his shows) were said to be furious.

"I therefore wrote to everyone who works with me saying how sorry I was and then on Christmas morning, I e-mailed Harry and Meghan in California to apologise to them too," Clarkson's Instagram plea continued. "I said I was baffled by what they had been saying on TV but that the language I'd used in my column was disgraceful and that I was profoundly sorry."

"So can I move on now? Not sure. It's hard to be interesting and vigilant at the same time… But I promise you this, I will try," he concluded.

Clarkson's original article, published Dec. 16, sparked immense backlash, with more than 6,000 complaints being made to press regulator IPSO about the piece, according to the BBC. It has since been deleted online.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit a local farming family, the Woodleys, on October 17, 2018 in Dubbo, Australia.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit a local farming family, the Woodleys, on October 17, 2018 in Dubbo, Australia.

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The Sussexes' response to Clarkson's claims comes nearly a week after the global release of Prince Harry's memoir, Spare. While discussing the book during an interview with Tom Bradby on ITV, Harry explained how comments like Clarkson's can incite dangerous repercussions.

"When we're talking about accountability, you know, just recently, which I know you know about, um you know, the Jeremy Clarkson article," the Duke of Sussex said. "So not only did, what he said was horrific and is hurtful and cruel towards my wife, but it also encourages other people around the U.K. and around the world, men particularly, to go and think that it's acceptable to treat women that way."

"You know, to use my stepmother's words recently as well, there is a global pandemic of violent – violence against women," Harry added, referencing Queen Camilla's recent speech at Buckingham Palace reception to raise awareness of violence against women and girls.

In Spare, Harry writes about the media mistreatment his wife suffered while living in the U.K., and how the palace failed to protect her. The couple similarly opened up about the social media threats they've received in recent years in their docuseries Harry & Meghan, now streaming on Netflix.

In one jarring recollection, Meghan spoke about a tweet that said, "Meghan just needs to die. Someone needs to kill her. Maybe it should be me."

"And I was just like, 'Okay.' That's, like, what's actually out in the world because of people creating hate," she said in the docuseries.