Jeremy Clarkson’s Diddly Squat farm shop closes following Meghan Markle comments backlash

Jeremy Clarkson has shut his Diddly Squat shop following the backlash over comments he made about Meghan Markle.

The Top Gear presenter, 62, was widely criticised for a column he wrote speaking about his hated for the Duchess of Sussex, saying that he dreamed about her being “paraded naked through the streets” while people “throw lumps of excrement at her”.

The piece, which was taken offline last week at Jeremy’s request, was the subject of over 20,000 complaints to press regulator Ipso – a record high for a newspaper article.

Amid the backlash, Jeremy later apologised for the article, something which representatives for Harry and Meghan responded to by calling the apology a “PR stunt”.

Following the backlash, Jeremy Clarkson’s farm shop has announced it will temporarily close, re-opening again in February next year.

On the official Diddly Squat Farm Shop Instagram account, a photo of the shop was shared with the caption: “Great day for a trip to Diddly. Last few days before we close until February 10th. Launch day of Season 2!”

Jeremy seems to have been keeping fairly quiet on on social media after admitting he had “rather put his foot in it” with his Meghan Markle comments.

Breaking his silence on the backlash, Jeremy told his 7 million followers: "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."

Many stars, including Carol Vorderman, John Bishop and Kathy Burke, criticised Jeremy's column with his own daughter Emily Clarkson even speaking out against her father.

Emily took aim at her father on Instagram, where she told her 267k followers: ”My views are and have always been clear when it comes to misogyny, bullying and the treatment of women by the media.

“I want to make it very clear that I stand against everything that my dad wrote about Meghan Markle and I remain standing in support of those that are targeted with online hatred," she added.

After receiving backlash for the column, The Sun said they were 'sincerely sorry' for publishing it.

In a statement, the newspaper said: "Columnists’ opinions are their own, but as a publisher, we realise that with free expression comes responsibility.

"We at The Sun regret the publication of this article and we are sincerely sorry."

In response to the newspaper's apology, a representative for Harry and Meghan called it "nothing more than a PR stunt".

The statement said: "A true apology would be a shift in their coverage and ethical standards for all.

"Unfortunately, we’re not holding our breath."


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