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Jeremy Clarkson said he has emailed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to apologise over his column in The Sun in which he said he “hated” Meghan.
TheWho Wants To Be A Millionaire? presenter has been under fire since writing that he dreamed of the day when Meghan was "made to parade naked through the streets of every town in Britain while the crowds chant 'Shame!' and throw lumps of excrement at her".
But he has now said he is sorry and that he emailed Meghan and Harry and said he was "profoundly sorry".
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Writing on Instagram, Jeremy said: "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.
“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. Its a mea culpa with bells on."
The star said he usually reads what he's written to someone but that he hadn't the day he wrote the piece, and just pressed send.
He went on: "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.
“We’ve all been there, I guess. In that precise moment when we suddenly realise we’ve completely messed up. You are sweaty and cold at the same time. And your head pounds. And you feel sick. I couldn’t believe what I was reading. Had I really said that? It was horrible."
Jeremy said he'd been thinking of a scene in Games Of Thrones, but had forgotten to mention this.
"So it looked like I was actually calling for revolting violence to rain down on Meghan’s head," he said.
"I was very angry with myself because in all those controversial days on Top Gear, when I was accused of all sorts of things, it was very rarely sexism.
“We never did ‘women can’t park’ gags for instance. Or suggested that powerful cars were only for men. And I was thrilled when Jodie Kidd and Ellen MacArthur set fastest-ever laps in our reasonably-priced car. I’m just not sexist and I abhor violence against women. And yet I seemed to be advocating just that."
The presenter said he was "mortified" and that close friends were furious and even his daughter "took to Instagram to denounce me".
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He contacted the royals on Christmas Day to apologise.
"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," he said.
Jeremy was widely criticised for his column, in which he also said that he hated Prince Harry's wife on a "cellular level".
He later tweeted an apology, saying: "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."
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