Prince Harry accuses Jeremy Clarkson of contributing to violence against women
The Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, has accused Jeremy Clarkson of contributing to a “pandemic of violence against women” with his “horrific” comments about the Duchess of Sussex in a recent newspaper article. This marks the first time a member of the Royal Family has publicly responded to an article by the former Top Gear presenter. The article, which appeared in The Sun, included statements by Jeremy Clarkson saying that he was “dreaming of the day when [Meghan] 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.”
Prince Harry speaks out against “attacks” from journalists
In an interview promoting his upcoming memoir, Prince Harry denied that he is “permanently at war” with the British media, but stressed that he has a “responsibility” to speak out against daily “attacks” from journalists. He told ITV’s Tom Bradby, “When we’re talking about accountability, you know, just recently, which I know you know about, the Jeremy Clarkson article… not only what he said was horrific and is hurtful and cruel towards my wife, but it also encourages other people around the UK and around the world – men particularly – to go and think that it’s acceptable to treat women that way.”
Independent Press Standards Organisation receives over 20,800 complaints about Clarkson article
The Duke of Sussex went on to say that the “world is asking for accountability” from both the monarchy and British newspapers. The Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso) received over 20,800 complaints about the article, which was eventually removed from The Sun’s website at Jeremy Clarkson’s request.
Oh dear. I’ve rather put my foot in it. In a column I wrote about Meghan, I made a clumsy reference to a scene in Game of Thrones and this has gone down badly with a great many people. I’m horrified to have caused so much hurt and I shall be more careful in future.— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) December 19, 2022
In a tweet, Jeremy Clarkson apologized for making a “clumsy reference to a scene in Game of Thrones” and promised to be more careful in the future.
Prince Harry accuses Royal Family of failing to defend Meghan in controversy
Prince Harry also accused the Royal Family of failing to defend his wife, Meghan, in the controversy over the Clarkson article. He said, “The world is asking for some form of comment from the monarchy. But the silence is deafening. To put it mildly… Everything to do with my wife, after six years, they haven’t said a single thing.” He went on to claim that the family has a history of “getting into bed with the devil” by cultivating relationships with the tabloid press.
Clarkson apologizes for “clumsy reference” in article
In contrast to the lack of response to the Jeremy Clarkson article, Prince Harry noted that the Royal Family took quick action after a race-related incident at a Buckingham Palace reception just three weeks prior. During the event, a black British charity founder, Ngozi Fulani, was repeatedly challenged by Lady Susan Hussey about where she was “really from.” Fulani complained about the exchange, which resulted in a rapid apology from the Palace and Lady Hussey’s resignation as a lady of the Bedchamber.
Prince Harry comments on unconscious bias in Royal Family
Prince Harry went on to say that he does not believe comments about his son’s skin tone, made by an unnamed member of the Royal Family, were racist. However, he stated that he believes the comments reveal “unconscious bias” and that such biases need to be addressed.
Ongoing tensions between Royal Family and media
Overall, Prince Harry’s comments highlight the ongoing tensions between the Royal Family and the media, as well as the broader issues of accountability and violence against women. The Duke’s accusations against Jeremy Clarkson and the Royal Family’s alleged silence in the face of his article will likely spark further debate and discussion.
Debate and discussion sparked by Prince Harry’s accusations
It is clear that Prince Harry’s accusations against Jeremy Clarkson and the Royal Family’s alleged silence have sparked significant debate and discussion.
Importance of accountability for the monarchy and media.
Many have applauded the Duke of Sussex for speaking out against violence against women and for calling for accountability from both the monarchy and the media. Others, however, have criticized him for his perceived attacks on the media and for his apparent lack of understanding of the role and function of the press.
Regardless of one’s personal opinions on the matter, it is undeniable that these latest developments have once again brought the complex relationship between the Royal Family and the media into the spotlight. As with any institution, the monarchy is not immune to criticism and scrutiny, and it is important that it is held accountable for its actions and decisions. At the same time, the media has a responsibility to report on and cover the Royal Family fairly and accurately. Finding a balance between these competing interests is crucial in ensuring a healthy and functioning democracy.
As the Duke of Sussex continues to speak out on these and other issues, it will be interesting to see how the public and media respond. One thing is certain: the ongoing debate over the role and responsibilities of the Royal Family and the media is not likely to die down anytime soon.
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