BBC’s Amol Rajan apologizes for ‘rude and immature’ attacks on royals

The journalist who presented the BBC’s controversial royal documentary apologized for describing the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s public role as a “total fraud” and called Prince Philip a “racist buffoon”.

Amol Rajan – the BBC journalist who presented The Princes And The Press – made the inflammatory comments in articles written in 2012 for The Independent, the newspaper he previously edited.

But today, Rajan tweeted: “As to very reasonable questions about some silly comment from a past life, I want to say that I am deeply sorry. I wrote things that were rude and immature and I now look back on them with real shame, wondering what I was thinking, honestly…”

In a second tweet, he added: “I’d like to apologize for any offense they caused then or now. I fully support impartiality and hope that our recent programs can be judged on their merits.”

In an open letter to William and Kate, written in December 2012 after the couple announced they were expecting their first child, the self-proclaimed Republican urged them to “renounce the luxuries of royal patronage and aristocracy,” claimed that ‘everyone is a winner’ if they do.

Though Rajan congratulated the couple on the news of the pregnancy, he described their public role as a “total fraud”, adding: “None of you have any special claim to the glorious city of Cambridge, so stop pretending.”

He also suggested that instead of a “grand palace,” the Duke and Duchess should raise their family in a “decent suburban mansion” and send their child to a “normal school.”

In other columns written for the newspaper at the time, the 38-year-old journalist said Prince Philip was a “racist buffoon” and described Prince Charles as “scientifically illiterate.”

He also labeled the Diamond Jubilee a “celebration of mediocrity” and said of the royals: “Apart from the Queen — whose public image is made by an ever-growing squad of propagandists — this clan is unusually full of fools.”

His apology comes after BBC Director General Tim Davie said last year he would crack down on staff who post their opinions online to ensure impartiality, and staff could even be forced off Twitter if they don’t live up to the ‘high bar’. to fulfil.

Amol Rajan - the BBC journalist who presented The Princes And The Press - made the incendiary comments about William and Kate (pictured with Harry and Meghan in 2019) in articles written in 2012 for The Independent - the newspaper he edited

Amol Rajan – the BBC journalist who presented The Princes And The Press – made the incendiary comments about William and Kate (pictured with Harry and Meghan in 2019) in articles written in 2012 for The Independent – the newspaper he edited

Photos have surfaced showing Amol Rajan at a cocktail party with some of Meghan's associates, including one of her closest friends Misha Nonoo (pictured with Rajan)

Photos have surfaced showing Amol Rajan at a cocktail party with some of Meghan's associates, including one of her closest friends Misha Nonoo (pictured with Rajan)

Photos have surfaced showing Amol Rajan at a cocktail party with some of Meghan’s associates, including one of her closest friends Misha Nonoo (pictured with Rajan)

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Amol Rajan tweet

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Amol Rajan – the BBC journalist who presented The Princes And The Press – apologized today for his old comments

The revelations will put new pressure on the BBC over the handling of Rajan’s two-part documentary, which has faced unprecedented censorship from Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Kensington Palace and allegations of bias.

The royal households believe it contained a slew of baseless and categorically inaccurate allegations of collusion with the media, particularly in relation to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex during the tumultuous period of their decision to step down from royal duties, dubbed ‘Megxit’ .

‘This clan is full of fools’: Rantings of Amol Rajan

About William and Kate

Urged them to ‘renounce the luxuries of royal patronage and aristocracy’

Described their public role as a ‘total fraud’, adding: ‘None of you have any special claim to the glorious city of Cambridge, so stop pretending you do’

They said that instead of a ‘big palace’ they should raise their family in a ‘decent suburban mansion’ and send their child to a ‘normal school’

About Prince Philip

A ‘racist buffoon’

About Prince Charles

‘Scientifically illiterate’

On the Diamond Jubilee

A ‘celebration of mediocrity’

About the Royal Family

“Aside from the Queen – whose public image is being made by an ever-growing squad of propagandists – this clan is unusually full of fools.”

The palaces are also said to be angry at how many of the claims in the documentary that aired on prime-time TV were unchallenged by Rajan, the BBC’s media editor.

Critics said the series, which ended this week, failed to refute allegations made by Sussex supporters, including Meghan’s lawyer Jenny Afia.

It came when photos surfaced yesterday showing Rajan at a cocktail party with some of Meghan’s associates, including one of her closest friends, Misha Nonoo.

The presenter was photographed with fashion designer Miss Nonoo at the 2015 event hosted by now disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein and his then-wife Georgina Chapman.

Rajan was also pictured mingling with Miss Chapman and designer Keren Craig, with whom she co-founded the Marchesa brand.

Meghan has modeled for Marchesa in the past and still shows the fashion label regularly.

However, Rajan claims he can’t remember “exchanging a word” with Ms. Nonoo or Ms. Craig before or since the party, which was held in honor of media owner Evgeny Lebedev.

Last night, a BBC spokesperson said of Rajan’s photos: “It’s ridiculous to suggest that these photos mean anything.

“To his knowledge, Amol has never met Mrs. Nonoo or Mrs. Craig before or since they were kidnapped; nor does he remember ever exchanging a word with them. Nevertheless, he wishes them – and you – a very merry Christmas.’

About Rajan’s previous views, the spokesperson added: ‘This article predates Amol’s work at the BBC. As soon as journalists join the BBC, they leave the old footage on its doorstep.

‘Amol is an experienced BBC journalist who reports impartially and in accordance with the BBC’s editorial guidelines on all subjects he covers. All BBC current affairs programs must be impartial.’

Meghan Markle with her friend Misha Nonoo at the 12th Annual Vogue Fashion Fund Awards in New York City in 2015

Meghan Markle with her friend Misha Nonoo at the 12th Annual Vogue Fashion Fund Awards in New York City in 2015

Meghan Markle with her friend Misha Nonoo at the 12th Annual Vogue Fashion Fund Awards in New York City in 2015

Prince William saw his beloved Aston Villa cheer for their match against Manchester City at Villa Park last night

Prince William saw his beloved Aston Villa cheer for their match against Manchester City at Villa Park last night

Prince William saw his beloved Aston Villa cheer for their match against Manchester City at Villa Park last night

Rajan himself was approached for comment.

On the first episode of The Princes And The Press last week, journalist Omid Scobie, co-author of the Sussex biography, Finding Freedom, said negative stories about Meghan had leaked, though he did not name those involved.

“There were people who thought she should be put in her place,” he said.

In response, the three royal households said: ‘Too often exaggerated and unsubstantiated claims from unnamed sources are presented as fact and it is disappointing when anyone, including the BBC, gives them credibility.’

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