Media commentator Paul Connew has described Danny Baker’s tweet, in which he shared a photo of a monkey in response to the birth of a royal baby, as a “professional suicide note”.
Baker, who had been a presenter on BBC 5 Live, posted a photo of man and woman holding hands with a chimpanzee in a suit, alongside the caption: “Royal baby leaves hospital”.
Paul Connew, the former editor of the Sunday Mirror, told talkRADIO’s Eamonn Holmes: “This is a professional suicide note. At one point in an interview, he also seems to suggest he was not aware of Meghan’s mixed race background.
“That simply does not have any credibility. He has to be aware of the monkey chant connotations and the impact that it has on black footballers.
“It is beggar’s belief that he could be so naïve, so crass and so out of touch.”
Baker told press outside his house on Thursday that he took down the tweet when he realised that baby Archie was the son of the Duchess of Sussex.
"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," Baker said in an online apology.
"Soon as those good enough to point out it's possible connotations got in touch, down it came. And that's it."
The Director of Operation Black Vote speaking with Eamonn Holmes
Simon Wooley, the Director of Operation Black Vote, told Eamonn that Baker’s tweet was “jaw-dropping ignorance at best”.
“He is a seasoned journalist and context is everything,” he said. “The racial abuse that Meghan Markle and the family have received has been awful.
“For Danny Baker to be unaware of that and to liken a child that has barely been in the world five minutes to a monkey is jaw-dropping.
“I would like to think that he is not a racist but it is still jaw-dropping ignorance at the best.”
Mr Wooley said that the BBC had a “responsibility” to fire Baker over the photo.
“If they had let it go, it would have given a green light to others,” he added.
“It is not a joke. It is offensive. I think he has been held to account.”