It hasn’t even been a week since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Baby has entered the world, and he’s already the subject of apparent racism from a prominent British figure.

British radio host Danny Baker was unceremoniously fired from his job at the BBC after he tweeted an image Wednesday showing a couple holding hands with a chimpanzee dressed in clothes with the caption: “Royal Baby leaves hospital.”

The tweet was sent just hours after the royal couple formally introduced their newborn son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world.

Baker was accused of mocking the duchess’s racial heritage (her mother is Black, her father is White), but he said it was just a “stupid gag.”

The tweet was quickly deleted, but, thanks to screenshots, had been shared all over social media, which, along with extreme backlash, prompted the firing.

The BBC said in a statement that Baker’s tweet “goes against the values we as a station aim to embody” and added that “Danny’s a brilliant broadcaster but will no longer be presenting a weekly show with us.”

Following his “apology” tweet, Baker accused the BBC of throwing him under the bus, and said the racial connotations hadn’t occurred to him because his “mind [is] not diseased.”

“[The BBC’s statement] took a tone that said I actually meant that ridiculous tweet and the BBC must uphold blah blah blah,” he said. “Literally threw me under the bus. Could hear the suits’ knees knocking.”

Baker also tweeted: “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.”

In a later 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.”

Speaking to reports outside his home, Baker said of the tweet: “Ill-advised, ill-thought-out and stupid, but racist? No, I’m aware of how delicate that imagery is.”

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