The Solar has apologised for Jeremy Clarkson’s column, during which he mentioned he “hated” the Duchess of Sussex, however has not acknowledged whether or not any motion has been taken in opposition to him.
Final week’s column has develop into the Unbiased Press Requirements Organisation’s most complained about article, with greater than 17,500 folks contacting it over the piece as of Tuesday morning.
It was faraway from the Solar’s web site on Monday at Clarkson’s request after criticism from MPs and celebrities.
Greater than 60 cross-party MPs wrote to the newspaper’s editor, Victoria Newton, to demand an apology and “motion taken” in opposition to Clarkson over the column during which he acknowledged that Meghan needs to be paraded via the streets bare.
The Solar mentioned in an announcement launched on Friday night: “Columnists’ opinions are their very own, however as a writer, we realise that with free expression comes accountability.
“We on the Solar remorse the publication of this text and we’re sincerely sorry.
“The article has been faraway from our web site and archives.
“The Solar has a proud historical past of campaigning, from Assist for Heroes to Jabs Military and Who Cares Wins, and over 50 years of working in partnership with charities, our campaigns have helped change Britain for the higher.”
The newspaper, a part of Information UK, additionally repeated a tweet from the previous High Gear presenter the place he mentioned he had made a “clumsy reference to a scene in Recreation of Thrones”, which had “gone down badly with a fantastic many individuals” and he was “horrified to have triggered a lot damage”.
He additionally mentioned he can be extra cautious in future.
Within the article printed in response to Prince Harry and Meghan’s Netflix documentary, Clarkson wrote that he loathed Meghan “on a mobile degree” in contrast with the serial killer Rose West.
He mentioned he was “dreaming of the day when she is made to parade bare via the streets of each city in Britain whereas the crowds chant, ‘Disgrace!’ and throw lumps of excrement at her”.
Some journalists at Information UK recommended Clarkson had been unlucky to put in writing his column in every week when Rupert Murdoch, the paper’s final proprietor, was within the UK.
Critics of the piece included Clarkson’s daughter Emily, who mentioned: “I need to make it very clear that I stand in opposition to the whole lot my dad wrote about Meghan Markle.”
It was unclear which of Ipso’s guidelines might have been damaged as a result of of its broad pointers for remark items.