The relationship between Jeremy Clarkson and Meghan Markle has been strained since she joined the British royal family. The TV presenter has harshly criticized Markle on several occasions, both in his columns for The Sun newspaper and on his TV shows.
Jeremy Clarkson is known for his controversial and controversial comments on various topics, including the royals. But his antipathy towards the Duchess of Sussex made him cross the line.
Jeremy Clarkson vs Meghan Markle
In December 2022, Clarkson wrote a column for The Sun in which he claimed that he hated Markle on a cellular level and that she was a mediocre actress who had ruined Prince Harry’s life. He also mocked her depression and miscarriage, and accused her of lying about the racism she suffered in the royal family.
Clarkson’s column caused widespread outrage in the United Kingdom, which received more than 6,000 official complaints from readers, who considered it “disgusting,” “misogynistic” and “racist.” Several politicians, activists and public figures condemned Clarkson’s words and called for her dismissal.
The Sun newspaper removed the column from its website the following day and made a public apology to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for the damage caused. The paper’s editor, Victoria Newton, said the column did not reflect the values of the paper and that it had been an editorial error to publish it.
Clarkson also apologized personally to Markle in a private letter he emailed her. In it, he acknowledged that he had been “cruel” and “unfair” to her and that he deeply regretted his words. He also offered her an exclusive interview to clean up his public image.
Markle accepted Clarkson’s apology but declined his interview offer. According to sources close to the duchess, she believes Clarkson is only looking to benefit from her fame and has no interest in really getting to know her. Furthermore, she believes his attacks are part of a media campaign against her and her husband.
Clarkson has been trying to improve her reputation in the wake of the scandal. She has donated money to several charities related to mental health and pregnant women. She has also moderated her criticism of the Sussexes and praised some of their projects for Netflix.
Some of the presenters who have criticized Meghan Markle are:
- Piers Morgan, who quit “Good Morning Britain” after receiving criticism from his co-host for his negative comments about the Duchess.
- Wendy Williams, who has said she is not a fan of Markle and that she is overly dramatic.
- Sharon Osbourne, who defended Piers Morgan and questioned the veracity of Markle’s accusations of racism in the royal family.