Jeremy Clarkson’s comments about Meghan Markle in column are being investigated
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Jeremy Clarkson is being investigated over his Meghan Markle column.
The former Top Gear presenter wrote an article last year in which he described his deep hatred for the Duchess of Sussex.
Speaking about Prince Harry, Clarkson said: "I actually feel rather sorry for him because today he’s just a glove puppet with no more control over what he says or does than Basil Brush.
"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."
The 62-year-old went on: "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 was heavily criticised over the piece, with many disgusted by the visceral imagery used to describe his hatred of Meghan.
Some MPs even said the police should get involved as it was clearly a hate crime.
Clarkson later apologised for the article.
He said: "One of the strange things I’ve noticed in recent times is that whenever an MP or a well-known person is asked to apologise for something, no matter how heartfelt or profound that apology may be, it’s never enough for the people who called for it in the first place.
"So I’m going to try and buck the trend this morning with an apology for the things I said in a Sun column recently about Meghan Markle. I really am sorry."
However, after receiving over 25,000 complaints about his column, press regulator Ipso has launched an investigation into the matter.
The regulatory body is taking forward complaints from two groups, gender equality charity The Fawcett Society and The Wilde Foundation, which deals with victims and survivors of abuse.
The two charities claim that they were affected due to breaches in discrimination, accuracy, and harassment.
This comes after the Sun itself offered a 'sincere apology' to Prince Harry and Meghan for the column.
A spokesperson for the couple accused the paper of promoting 'hate, violence and misogyny'.
They said: "A true apology would be a shift in their coverage and ethical standards for all."
Ipso will share its ruling publicly once the investigation is completed.