Scotland’s First Minister said she pities the former Top Gear presenter, calling his words “deeply misogynistic” and “horrible and appalling”.
Clarkson faced backlash over the article in The Sun by others including Carol Vorderman, Sir Philip Pullman and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.
In the article, Clarkson wrote that he “hates” Meghan and dreams of being paraded around British cities and publicly embarrassed, adding that “everyone my age thinks the same way”.
It follows the recent broadcast of Harry and Meghan’s explosive six-part Netflix documentary, in which the couple alleged abuse by the royal family.
Speaking to broadcasters on Monday, Ms Sturgeon said Clarkson’s comments about the Duchess were “beyond the pale”.
“I think what he said about Meghan Markle was hugely misogynistic, egregious, egregious,” she said.
“I must say, taking a step back, that my overwhelming feelings for men like Jeremy Clarkson are pity.
“I mean, what makes someone so tainted with hate that they end up writing this stuff?
“I think that maybe gives an insight into Jeremy Clarkson and the kind of person he is.
“So maybe he just needs to take a step back and think about life a little bit more.”
Clarkson’s daughter, Emily Clarkson, said in an online post that she was “against everything my father wrote.”
“My views have been clear and have always been clear when it comes to misogyny, bullying and the media’s treatment of women,” she said in a statement posted on her Instagram story.
“I want to make it very clear that I stand against everything my father has written about Meghan Markle and I still stand in support of those targeted with hate online.”
Former Countdown host Vorderman said Clarkson’s comments were unacceptable “in any circumstances.”
No, Jeremy Clarkson. Not on what level, under any circumstances, is it okay to write these things about any woman nor at all to “everyone my age who thinks the same.”
“No no no. We absolutely don’t think the same thing. Listen to Jeremy’s noise. Crowds chanting ‘Shame on you’.”
Mr Khan said Clarkson’s remarks were “dangerous and unforgivable”, writing: “As Jeremy Clarkson should know well – words have consequences.
The words in his article are no joke — they are serious and unforgivable.
“We are in an epidemic of violence against women and girls, and men with strong voices must do better than this.”
Sir Philip, author of His Dark Materials, described Clarkson as “a short loud noise and a short stink”, but criticized Rupert Murdoch – owner of News UK, the organization that publishes The Sun.
In addition to Top Gear, Clarkson, 62, is known for his Amazon motoring show, The Grand Tour, which he presents alongside Richard Hammond and James May, as well as ITV’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
Amazon, ITV and The Sun have all been contacted for comment.
The Harry and Meghan Archwill Foundation has also been contacted for comment.
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