Lewis Hamilton sorry for ‘inappropriate’ comment to nephew

Lewis Hamilton has apologised after sharing a video on Instagram of him chastising his nephew for wearing a princess dress.

The Formula One world champion has deleted the footage he posted to his 5.7 million followers on Christmas Day.

He tweeted the following apology:

In the video, Hamilton is heard saying: “I’m so sad right now. Look at my nephew.”

The camera moves to a young boy wearing a blue and pink princess dress and waving around a pink heart-shaped furry wand.

Hamilton asks the boy: “Why are you wearing a princess dress? Is this what you got for Christmas?”

When his nephew says yes, Hamilton replies: “Why did you ask for a princess dress for Christmas?”

He then tells the boy: “Boys don’t wear princess dresses!”

The youngster turns away and cover his eyes.

Lisa Kelly, a transgender and LGBT activist, wrote on Twitter: “Lewis Hamilton, shame on you! your nephew does not deserve to be publicly humiliated by you or anyone else.”

Liam Hackett, the founder of anti-bullying charity Ditch the Label, added: “Disappointing to see somebody with such a huge platform use it to publicly shame and attempt to undermine a small child.”

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Performance artist Travis Alabanza tweeted: “I hope @LewisHamilton properly thinks and apologises to his nephew for that video.

“Thinks about why it is so horrible, and considers donating to a charity which supports LGBT youth. That video is a video so many of us have experienced. Gross. It sticks with you.”