Jeremy Clarkson: Harrys Rage Means Hes Forgotten UK Medias Help For Military Heroes

Jeremy Clarkson has rejected Prince Harry’s claims that the UK media provides insufficient support or interest in the country’s military veterans.

Clarkson, who has been a longtime supporter of Help For Heroes, used his column in this Saturday’s Sun newspaper to praise Harry for his founding of the Invictus Games – which take place in Dusseldorf, Germany this week – but to take issue with Harry’s claims that the UK media doesn’t care about injured personnel.

Clarkson wrote about the late Bryn Parry, who founded Help for Heroes, and whose cause was taken up by The Sun with an awards night called The Millies, attended by Harry.

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Clarkson said: “I’m amazed Prince Harry doesn’t remember this because I distinctly recall, one year, sneaking backstage with him before the evening began for a crafty fag [cigarette].”

The charity, championed by The Sun and other papers, ended up raising £370million to build facilities including a rehabilitation pool for wounded servicemen and women.

Clarkson added: “It wasn’t just The Sun. Every newspaper was filled for months and years with news of the death and the injuries.”

He wrote: “I know that Harry has a problem with the media. He’s got it into his head that it’s the root of all evil. But he’s obviously letting this rage cloud his judgment.”

In his Netflix series about Invictus which premiered last week, Harry described returning from Afghanistan where he served with the British Army, and seeing his wounded colleagues on the plane.

“I saw what only people had talked about. That was the real trigger to see the real cost of war. Not just those individuals but also their families and how their lives would change forever.

“Stepping off the plane I was angry at what happened to these guys, I was angry that the media weren’t covering it. But at that point it wasn’t clear to me what needed to be done.”

Clarkson was reprimanded by the press legislator IPSO earlier this year after he wrote a column about Harry’s wife, Meghan Markle, in which he said he hated her on a “cellular level” and dreamed of the day “when she is made to parade naked through the streets of every town while the crowds chant ‘shame’!” He later apologised, explaining that in his haste to meet his print deadline, he had forgotten to make it clear he was joking and including the reference to Game of Thrones as intended.

Last week at the Edinburgh TV Festival, Prime Video UK, which makes Clarkson’s Farm, a big hit for the streamer, said that no decision had been made yet on the future of the doc series following the furor over the incendiary column.

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