“On Saturday as the news of the racist language used by Prince Harry broke, I allowed my emotions to get the better of me and I labeled him a thug. On reflection I wish to issue a sincere and unreserved apology to Prince Harry for any offence I have caused him.
I recognise that when we make mistakes we should be honourable and decent to accept them and I hope that this apology is accepted in that way, I never intended to offend Prince Harry in this way.
I am however still of the view that the use of the term ‘Paki’ is unacceptable in the 21st Century and I welcome Prince Harry’s acceptance that this word is racist and offensive.
I know he is a very talented individual and has a bright future ahead of him and hope we all learn lessons from this sorry episode.”