The Sun newspaper has published a front page apology to Meghan Markle, six months after columnist Jeremy Clarkson wrote about how he wished Markle was paraded naked in the street.
On Saturday morning local time, a day after media regulator The Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) ruled that Clarkson's piece was sexist in tone, the newspaper said in a statement that with free expression comes responsibility," adding however that it has "proud history of campaigning for women".
More than 25,000 people complained to the IPSO about the column, which went viral and drew widespread condemnation in December 2022.
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In it, Clarkson wrote that he hated Markle on a "cellular level".
He said he dreamed about seeing her stripped and marched through the streets while crowds chanted "Shame!" and threw "lumps of excrement" at her - a reference to an infamous Game of Thrones scene.
The IPSO found the article was sexist.
"The column included a number of references which, taken together, amounted to a pejorative and prejudicial reference to the Duchess of Sussex’s sex in breach of the Editors' Code."
It did not uphold separate elements of the complaint that the article was inaccurate, harassed the Duchess of Sussex, and included discriminatory references to her on the ground of race.