It emerged that the host of Radio 4 Today’s flagship show described the Duke of Edinburgh as a ‘racist jester’, the Prince of Wales as ‘scientifically illiterate’ and said the events to celebrate the jubilee of Queen’s diamond were “little more than the industrialization of mediocrity.” “.
The comments were made in a 2012 article for The Independent, which he used to edit, in which he also criticized Princes William and Harry.
2 /… I would like to apologize for any offense they caused then or now. I am totally committed to impartiality and hope that our recent programs can be judged on their merits
— Amol Rajan (@amolrajan) December 2, 2021
In a series of tweets, Rajan, 38, said he “deeply regrets” comments he made in a “past life”.
The BBC media editor added: “I now watch them with real embarrassment and frankly wonder what I was thinking.
“I would like to apologize for any offense they caused then or now. I am totally committed to impartiality and I hope that our recent programs can be judged on their merits. “
The BBC did not comment further, but in a previous statement it said: “Once journalists join the BBC, they leave their past opinions behind. Amol is an experienced BBC reporter who deals with all the topics he covers impartially. manner and in accordance with the BBC’s editorial guidelines. “
This is not the first time that Rajan has been at the center of a royal controversy.
A BBC documentary he recently presented – The Princes And The Press – attracted criticism from royal houses, who said that “the exaggerated and unfounded allegations” were given credibility.
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The two-part series suggested that negative stories about the Duchess of Sussex had been leaked by courtiers and that there was competition between households.
A rare joint statement from Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Kensington Palace was included at the end of the BBC Two documentary.
He said: “A free, responsible and open press is of vital importance for a healthy democracy.
“However, all too often these are exaggerated and unfounded claims by anonymous sources that are presented as fact and it is disappointing that anyone, including the BBC, gives them credibility. “
The documentary prompted the broadcast of a Christmas carol service run by the Duchess of Cambridge at Westminster Abbey to switch from the BBC to ITV.