Prince Harry and his wife Meghan denounce the “coup de com'” represented by the regrets of the tabloid The Sun about a column that violently attacked the Duchess of Sussex.
Last week, the former presenter of the Top Gear car show, Jeremy Clarkson, wrote in the columns of the Sun that he dreamed of the day when Meghan would have to “parade naked through the streets of every city in the UK, while the crowds shout ‘Shame!’ and throw excrement on him”.
The newspaper said on Friday that it regretted the publication of the text, which it removed from its website and its archives, saying “sincerely sorry”. “The fact that the Sun has not contacted the Duchess of Sussex to apologize shows their intentions. This is nothing more than a publicity stunt”, reacted this Saturday a spokesperson for Harry and Megan.
“While audiences are entirely deserving of headline regrets for their dangerous words, we wouldn’t be in this situation if The Sun weren’t continually profiting from and exploiting hate, violence and misogyny,” added the spokesperson.
The disputed article prompted a record number of complaints (more than 20,000) to the British press regulator and numerous convictions of public figures. Jeremy Clarkson had, in response, invoked “a clumsy reference to (the series) Game of Thrones”.
“This was taken badly by many people. I am horrified to have caused so much pain and will be more careful in the future,” he wrote.
In one of Game of Thrones’ most defining sequences, a female character undergoes a “walk of shame”, where she is forced to wander the streets naked while people throw trash at her.