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Who do Harry and Meghan think they are?

The Sussexes’ response to Jeremy Clarkson betrays an authoritarian streak

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It is quite funny that Jeremy Clarkson, having written that silly joke about the Duchess of Sussex being paraded naked through the streets, should now find himself so ritually humiliated. 

Clarkson, now in danger of losing his role as a television presenter and the acceptable face of British men who like cars, has felt compelled to apologise not once not twice but thrice. He first said sorry on Twitter, before Christmas. He also wrote to Harry. Then yesterday, in a statement, he performed the full grovel. 

With vulgar haste, the couple poured more scorn on Clarkson

‘I really am sorry,’ he said. ‘All the way from the balls of my feet to the follicles on my head. This is me putting my hands up. It’s a mea culpa with bells on.’ 

Clarkson said he’d rushed his work — which of us hasn’t? — and not had his Sun column properly checked, thus neatly blaming the paper’s sub-editors while appearing to berate himself. 

Having been publicly rebuked by his delightful daughter Emily on Instagram, Clarkson went on feebly to insist that he’s rarely been guilty of sexism in the past. ‘In all those controversial days on Top Gear,’ he bleated, ‘we never once did “women can’t park” gags or suggested that powerful cars were only for men.’ In other words: ‘I’m not Andrew Tate, people, please, please please.’ 

Would the Duke and Duchess of Sussex accept this latest act of contrition? Would they heck! Through a spokesperson, the royal couple shot back:  

‘While a new public apology has been issued today by Mr Clarkson, what remains to be addressed is his long-standing pattern of writing articles that spread hate rhetoric, dangerous conspiracy theories and misogyny.

‘Unless each of his other pieces were also written “in a hurry”, as he states, it is clear that this is not an isolated incident shared in haste, but rather a series of articles shared in hate.

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