Danny Baker tweeted about royal baby days before that racist’ tweet

Revealed: Danny Baker tweeted about royal baby two days before posting ‘racist’ monkey tweet – despite trying to claim he ‘didn’t know it was Meghan who had given birth’

  • Danny Baker tweeted about Meghan and Harry days before his ‘racist’ tweet
  • The retweet showed he was aware the royal couple were expecting a child 
  • He claimed he did not know the Duchess of Sussex was going to give birth  
  • Baker was fired by the BBC after posting a tweet of couple with a monkey 
  • He wrote ‘Royal baby leaves hospital’, which was branded as ‘racist’ online

Danny Baker claimed he did not know it was Meghan Markle who was expecting to given birth to her first child after posting that ‘racist’ monkey photo on Twitter.

But a retweet by the sacked BBC radio 5 presenter, 61, about the couple proved he was aware the royals were gearing up to welcome their first child.

On the day Archie’s birth was announced, the former radio host retweeted an article about potential names for the royal baby. 

Along with the retweeted story, he wrote: ‘Homer Wallis Simpson’.

Danny Baker claimed he did not know it was Meghan Markle who was expecting to given birth to her first child after posting that ‘racist’ monkey photo on Twitter

A retweet by the sacked BBC radio 5 presenter, 61, about the couple shows he was aware the royals were gearing up to welcome their first child. On the day Archie’s birth was announced, the former radio host retweeted an article about potential names for the royal baby

On Thursday, Danny was sacked by BBC bosses for a tweet of a couple with a monkey tagged ‘Royal baby leaves hospital’.

The picture sparked outrage, with many branding it as racist because of Meghan’s heritage. He quickly deleted it and described it as a ‘stupid unthinking gag’.

Baker, who denied he is a racist, told MailOnline he did not it was the Duchess of Sussex who had given birth. 

‘I didn’t know which of our royal princesses had given birth. Otherwise you’d got to be thinking I’d been secretly waiting to make this grotesque joke. There’s no truth to it.

‘I’ve been doing a thing on the radio for years of famous people dressed as monkeys with fairground music.

‘My go-to photo when any posh people have a baby is this absurd chimpanzee in a top hat leaving the hospital.

‘Had it not been Meghan – perfectly good joke. I was trying to make a point about class and it’s just preposterous.’ 

Baker told MailOnline he did not it was the Duchess of Sussex (pictured with Prince Harry and son Archie) who had given birth. ‘I didn’t know which of our royal princesses had given birth. Otherwise you’d got to be thinking I’d been secretly waiting to make this grotesque joke.

Speaking about the moment he was sacked, he told MailOnline: ‘Basically they said to me ‘you meant that tweet’ I said to them ‘you think so?

‘And I said, ‘well f*** you and f*** off’.

It is the third time Baker has been sacked by the BBC, after he was dismissed by Five Live in 1997 in a row over a referee and in in 2012, when his BBC London show was axed. 

Danny has since returned to Twitter to share an apology with his followers, writing: ‘Following one of the worst days of my life I just want to formally apologise for the outrage I caused and explain how I got myself into this mess.’ 

‘I chose the wrong photo to illustrate a joke. Disastrously so.’

He continued: ‘Anyway I am now paying the price for this crass & regrettable blunder and rightly so. 

‘Probably even this final word from me will extend the mania. (‘Dog whistle’ anyone?) I would like to thank friends on here for their kinder words and once again – I am so, so sorry.’

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