‘A mea culpa with bells on’: Jeremy Clarkson shares apology letter to Meghan Markle

Jeremy Clarkson has claimed that he’s emailed Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to apologise over his controversial column in The Sun about the Duchess of Sussex.

In the column, published on 16 December following the release of the second part of the royal couple’s Netflix documentary, Clarkson shared his thoughts on Meghan.

The former Top Gear host wrote that he despised her on “a cellular level” and dreamt of the day that the duchess would be made to parade naked through Britain while a crowd chanted “shame” and threw “excrement” at her.

Clarkson claimed that “everyone who’s my age thinks the same way”.

However, following intense backlash to his column, Clarkson said on Monday (16 January) that he had personally reached out to Harry and Meghan to apologise.

The original column was met with immediate backlash online, with the press watchdog Ipso receiving thousands of complaints. There was also criticism from high-profile figures, politicians, and Clarkson’s own daughter, Emily Clarkson.

Clarkson shared a comment of response days later, tweeting that he had “clumsily” referenced a scene in Game of Thrones, adding: “I’m horrified to have caused so much hurt and I shall be more careful in future.”

The paper released a statement of apology, but a spokesperson for the couple said that “the fact that The Sun has not contacted The Duchess of Sussex to apologise shows their intent”.