The Sun said it regretted the publication of Jeremy Clarkson’s column about the Duchess of Sussex and “sincerely apologizes”.
he apologized after the passage, in which Clarkson said he “hated” Meghan, became the Independent Press Standards Organization’s (Ipso) most-complained article.
Ipso said the work was removed from The Sun’s website on Monday at Clarkson’s request, which had received more than 17,500 complaints as of 9 a.m. Tuesday – increasing to 20,800 by 5 p.m.
The response has surpassed the total number of complaints received by the media regulator in 2021 – 14,355.
On Friday, the newspaper said in a statement: “Last Sunday, last Saturday, Jeremy Clarkson wrote a commentary about the Duchess of Sussex. It provoked a strong reaction and led to a large number of complaints to Ipso, the independent press regulator.
“In a tweet earlier this week, Jeremy said he was ‘clumsily involved in a Game of Thrones scene’ that had ‘frustrated a lot of people’ and that he was ‘appalled by it’ cause too much damage’ . He also said that he will be more careful in the future.
“The opinions of the columns are their own, but as publishers, we recognize that free speech comes with responsibility. We at The Sun regret the publication of this article and we sincerely apologize.”
The newspaper added that the article has also been removed from its archives as well as its website.
The statement continues: “The Sun has a proud history of advocacy, from Help for Heroes to Jabs Army, Who Cares Wins and over 50 years of partnership with our charities and campaigns. helped change England for the better.
“Working with our readers, The Sun has helped introduce new domestic violence legislation, provide beds for refugees, close harmful loopholes in the law, and empower survivors. violence to come forward and seek help. We will continue to advocate for good causes on behalf of our readers in 2023.”
In the piece published on Friday, Clarkson wrote that he dreamed of Meghan being paraded through British towns and embarrassed in public, adding that “people my age Everyone thinks the same thing.”
The article drew criticism from high-profile figures, politicians and his stepdaughter, Emily Clarkson.
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Writing on Twitter, Clarkson said he was “appalled at causing so much damage” following the backlash and that he would be “more careful in the future”.
It follows the recent broadcast of the six-part Netflix documentary about Harry and Meghan, in which the couple made allegations of royal abuse.
In the first three episodes, Meghan accused the British media of wanting to “destroy” her and suggested that “vulgar” stories were being “planted” in the press.
The Duchess has also taken The Mail on Sunday publisher – Associated Newspaper Limited (ANL) – to court, after it published part of a personal letter to her father, Thomas Markle, won in 2021. .
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/the-sun-issues-apology-over-jeremy-clarkson-columns-about-the-duchess-of-sussex-42241689.html The Sun issues an apology over Jeremy Clarkson’s column about the Duchess of Sussex