The Independent Press Standards Organization (Ipso) has received more than 6,000 complaints about an article written by Jeremy Clarkson about the Duchess of Sussex.
A spokesman confirmed that this is almost half the total number of complaints received by the media regulator in 2021.
It comes as Clarkson faces backlash over the article, written in The Sun, from celebrities including Nicola Sturgeon, Carol Vorderman, Sir Philip Pullman and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.
In the piece, Clarkson writes that he “hates” Meghan and dreams of her being paraded through British towns and humiliated in public, adding that “everyone my age thinks so so”.
It follows the recent broadcast of the six-part Netflix documentary about Harry and Meghan, in which the couple made allegations of royal abuse.
A spokesperson for Ipso told the PA news agency that the regulator received more than 6,000 complaints about Clarkson’s article by midday on Monday and that number is subject to change.
He added that complaints are being evaluated according to its standard process.
The spokesperson added that Ipso received a total of 14,355 complaints in 2021.
Speaking to broadcasters on Monday, Ms Sturgeon said Clarkson’s comments about the duchess were “too pale”.
She said: “I think what he said about Meghan Markle was a profound misogynist and downright bad and appalling.
“I have to say, taking a step back, my overwhelming feeling about people like Jeremy Clarkson is pity.
“I mean, what made someone so hated to end up writing this?
“I think that can give some insight into Jeremy Clarkson and what kind of person he is.
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“So maybe he just needs to take a step back from everything and just think about life a little more.”
Clarkson’s daughter, Emily Clarkson, said in an online post that she was “against everything my dad wrote”.
“My position has been and always has been clear when it comes to the media’s mistreatment of women, bullying and treatment of women,” she said in a statement shared on her Instagram story. .
“I want to make it clear that I oppose everything my father wrote about Meghan Markle and I still support those targeted by online hatred.”
Former Countdown host Vorderman said Clarkson’s comments were unacceptable “under any circumstances”.
“There is NO Jeremy Clarkson. You can’t on any level, under any circumstances, write these things about any woman and absolutely NO to ‘everyone my age thinks so’.
“No no no. We don’t think alike at all. Listen to the noise Jeremy. The crowd is chanting ‘shame on YOU’.
Mr Khan said Clarkson’s remarks were “dangerous and indefensible”, writing: “As Jeremy Clarkson should know well – words have consequences.
“The words in his work are no joke – they are dangerous and unforgivable.
“We are in a pandemic of violence against women and girls and men with strong voices must do better than this.”
Sir Philip, author of His Dark Materials, described Clarkson as “a brief loud noise and a brief stench”, but criticized Rupert Murdoch, owner of News UK, which publishes The Sun.
As well as Top Gear, Clarkson, 62, is known for his Amazon driving show, The Grand Tour, which he shows with Richard Hammond and James May, as well as the ITV show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
Amazon, ITV and The Sun have all been approached for comment.
Harry and Meghan’s Archewell Foundation has also been approached for comment on the remarks.
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