Meghan Markle’s spokesperson was dissatisfied with The Sun’s apology in the aftermath of Jeremy Clarkson’s hateful article.
The Duchess of Sussex’s spokesperson responded to the “deeply misogynist” article written and published in The Sun by the “Top Gear” host. Clarkson received harsh criticism for his article, in which he stated that he despises Markle “on a cellular level.” The Sun had already removed the article and apologized “sincerely” for it.
In a statement to People, Markle’s spokesperson stated:
“The fact that the Sun has not contacted The Duchess of Sussex to apologize shows their intent. This is nothing more than a PR stunt.”
Markle’s rep continued:
“While the public absolutely deserves the publication’s regrets for their dangerous comments, we wouldn’t be in this situation if The Sun did not continue to profit off of and exploit hate, violence and misogyny. A true apology would be a shift in their coverage and ethical standards for all. Unfortunately, we’re not holding our breath.”
Clarkson responded to the graphic sentiment on Twitter. He also apologized for his “clumsy reference to a scene in ‘Game of Thrones,'” saying his article “went down badly with a great many people.”
“I’m horrified to have caused so much hurt, and I shall be more careful in [the] future.”
“Meghan, though, is a different story. I hate her. Not like I hate Nicola Sturgeon or Rose West. I hate her on a cellular level. At night, I’m unable to sleep as I lie there, grinding my teeth and dreaming of the day when she is made to parade naked through the streets of every town in Britain while the crowds chant, ‘Shame’ and throw lumps of excrement at her.”
Clarkson may be referring to a scene in “Game of Thrones” Season 5, Episode 10 in which Cersei (Lena Headey) was punished with the walk of shame or walk of atonement for a variety of crimes, including adultery with her twin brother, Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). She stripped naked and walked around, yelling, “Shame! Shame!” Others hurled feces at her.
Some people did not consider Clarkson’s tweet to be an apology because he did not say it directly. Franchesca Ramsey, a TV writer, producer, and writer, urged him to apologize to Markle and resign.
Ramsey commented on Clarkson’s tweet:
“This is not an apology. You’re horrified you are by the reaction to YOUR WORDS? [W]ay to make it about you. It wasn’t a ‘clumsy reference’ you DELIBERATELY detailed how you would like to see Meghan publicly abused and brutalized. Own that. Apologize to Meghan & resign.”