London: Veteran British broadcaster Danny Baker was fired on Thursday by the BBC after using a racist picture of a chimpanzee holding hands of a couple in a tweet, tagged with the caption "royal baby leaves hospital".
Meghan Markle, the wife of Prince Harry, gave birth on Monday to a baby boy, Archie, the first mixed-race child to be born into a senior position in British royalty in recent history.
The now-deleted tweet, which has been circulated on social media, showed a black and white picture of a well-dressed couple holding hands with a chimpanzee dressed in clothes with the caption, "Royal Baby leaves hospital".
The 61-year-old presenter was accused of mocking the Duchess of Sussex's racial heritage.
A BBC spokesperson said, "This was a serious error of judgment."
The corporation added that Baker's tweet "goes against the values we as a station aim to embody." Danny's a brilliant broadcaster but will no longer be presenting a weekly show with us," the spokesperson said.
Harry and Meghan, whose mother Doria Ragland, revealed on Wednesday that their new son was named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
Meghan, whose mother is African-American and father is white, has been the target of racist comments on social media in the past.
The tweet was seen as a racist reference to baby Archie's heritage.
After an initial backlash on social media, 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 its possible connotations got in touch, down it came. And that's it."
Baker presented a weekend show on 5Live. Earlier, Baker told his half a million followers on Twitter that he has been doorstepped by reporters at his home, saying he was asked: "Do you think black people look like monkeys?" His tweet added, "No mate. Gag pic. Posh baby chimp. Alerted to circs. Appalled. Deleted. Apologised."
In a following tweet, he added, "Would have used same stupid pic for any other Royal birth or Boris Johnson kid or even one of my own. It's a funny image. (Though not of course in that context.) Enormous mistake, for sure. Grotesque. Anyway, here's to ya Archie, Sorry mate," Baker said.
Your guide to the latest election news, analysis, commentary, live updates and schedule for Lok Sabha Elections 2019 on firstpost.com/elections. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram or like our Facebook page for updates from all 543 constituencies for the upcoming general elections.
Updated Date: May 09, 2019 19:22:10 IST