Danny Baker apologises over 'racist' Meghan Markle royal baby tweet after posting monkey picture

DANNY Baker has issued an apology over a "racist" royal baby tweet showing a picture of a monkey.

The BBC Radio 5 Live host was slammed for the post, which he tweeted just hours after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry showed off little Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

It showed a picture of a couple clinging on to a monkey wearing a suit with the caption: "Royal baby leaves hospital".

He later removed the post after receiving backlash from users branding it "racist" due to Meghan's heritage.

The Duchess of Sussex's estranged dad Thomas Markle is white and mother Doria Ragland is black.

In a later apology, Baker said: "Sorry my gag pic of the little fella in the posh outfit has whipped some up.

"Never occurred to me because, well, mind not diseased.

"Soon as those good enough to point out it’s possible connotations got in touch, down it came. And that’s it.

"Now stand by for sweary football tweets."

This isn't the first time the presenter has faced controversy – he was sacked from 5 Live in 1997 when station bosses alleged he had incited threatening behaviour, and in 2012 he attacked the BBC on Twitter and on air after his show was cancelled.


Outraged Twitter users called on the BBC to axe him from his BBC Radio 5 Live Saturday show following the tweet.

One said: "Imagine thinking that tweeting this would end well in 2019. Guess that's Danny Baker cancelled, then… "

Another wrote: "I’m assuming that The awful #BBC5Live Danny Baker programme will be cancelled. Please. #5Live."


While one user said: "@BBC remove that racist pig Danny Baker for sending out that racist picture about the new #Royal baby. Disgraceful."

Meghan and Harry proudly showed off their first born child yesterday to the world.

The new parents appeared tired but ecstatic as they cradled the newborn, with mum Meghan gushing: "I have the best two guys in the world".

Meghan, 37, stunned in a white dress that bared her arms as she stood by grinning new dad Prince Harry, 34.

She kept a watchful eye over her baby boy as she described life as a mum, saying: "It's magic.

"It's pretty amazing. I have the best two guys in the world, so I'm really happy."

And she said the baby boy, who is just two days old, already had the "sweetest temperament" – with Harry interjecting: "I don’t know who he gets that from!"

The Prince later said: "Parenting is amazing. It's only been what – two and a half days, three days – but we are just so thrilled to have our own little bundle of joy and to be able to spend some precious times with him as he slowly starts to grow up."

The Sun Online has approached the BBC and Danny Baker for comment.

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