Hamilton apologises over 'boys in princess dresses' post

Lewis Hamilton issued an apology on Twitter in relation to a now-deleted Instagram post regarding his nephew wearing a dress on Christmas Day.

The Formula One world champion, a prominent user of various social media platforms, shared some of his festive celebrations with his followers on Instagram.

Uploaded as a video, Hamilton says as the camera switches to his relative: "I'm so sad right now - look at my nephew. Why are you wearing a princess dress? Is this what you got for Christmas?

"Why did you ask for a princess dress for Christmas? Boys don't wear princess dresses!"

The post was criticised by some users, prompting Hamilton to take it down and express his regret on Boxing Day.

"Yesterday I was playing around with my nephew and realised that my words were inappropriate so I removed the post," he said on Twitter.

"I meant no harm and did not mean to offend anyone at all. I love that my nephew feels free to express himself as we all should.

"My deepest apologies for my behaviour as I realise it is really not acceptable for anyone, no matter where you are from, to marginalise or stereotype anyone.

"I have always been in support of anyone living their life exactly how they wish and I hope I can be forgiven for this lapse in judgement."

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