Yesterday’s royal wedding day, (May 19), was filled with smiles, joy, and hope for the changes Meghan Markle represents in the royal family, yet some Twitter users soured the day with a sickening meme about Ant McPartlin.
The meme, which has gone viral, depicts an overturned car in front of a church, with the caption: ‘Ant McPartlin arriving at the royal wedding’.
The horrifically inappropriate photo and caption circulated on Twitter yesterday, with one receiving over 200 likes and 57 retweets at the time of writing.
Ant Mcpartlin arriving for the royal wedding….. pic.twitter.com/t0GknoB6SB
— Chris Brannan (@TheChrisBrannan) May 19, 2018
The popular host of Saturday Night Takeaway, Britain’s Got Talent and I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! was involved in a collision with two other cars while driving his Mini in Richmond, London, on March 18.
Appearing at Kingston police station on March 21, after being interviewed under caution, McPartlin was charged with drink-driving.
It’s understood he was twice the legal limit during the incident, which caused minor injuries to a three-year-old girl, which resulted in her being hospitalised.
The 42-year-old was arrested at the scene of the accident after he failed to pass a breathalyser test.
— Si Tovey (@MaltFan14) May 19, 2018
His drink-driving conviction could have resulted in up to six months in prison, a driving ban of at least a year and an unlimited fine.
Hojol Uddin, Partner and Head of Motoring at UK law firm JMW Solicitors – one of the leading experts in motoring offences in England and Wales – spoke to UNILAD about the trial.
The fact Ant has pleaded guilty at the first available opportunity and actively sought treatment prior to going to court will have been viewed favourably by the judge, with a reduction in the fine imposed.
He will also be eligible for a course to reduce his 20 month driving ban.
However, the fact he was alcohol-dependent at the time of the offence could cause issues with the DVLA if he is to drive again in the future due to his medical fitness to drive.
It’s a possibility a medical test maybe required before having his license returned to him after serving the disqualification imposed by the Court.
McPartlin’s plea was taken into account by the district judge when his sentence was being decided.
— Morrissinghs (@morrissinghs) May 19, 2018
Speaking outside court, McPartlin admitted he’d ‘let people down’.
As reported by the BBC, he told the crowd of journalists:
I just want to say I am truly sorry for what happened. Higher standards are expected of me. I expect them of myself. I let myself down. I let a lot of people down. For that I am truly sorry.
I would like to apologise to everyone involved in the crash. I am just thankful nobody was seriously hurt.
I accept full culpability for this and wish to apologise to all those concerned.
Following the crash McPartlin returned to rehab. He first entered a rehabilitation centre in June 2017 after developing an addiction to alcohol and prescription painkillers.
After he was charged, his publicist confirmed the presenter would be taking time off from his television commitments.
Neither Ant nor Dec attended the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Windsor’s St George’s Chapel.
According to Kensington Palace, the wedding was attended by 600 guests, a modestly small gathering compared to William and Kate’s, which boasted 1,900 guests.
A group of 200 close acquaintances were invited to the after-party at Frogmore House, a short walk from St George’s Chapel.
— knighty (@LeonKnight_) May 19, 2018
Ant was pictured smiling after leaving rehab following a month of intensive treatment.
We wish him all the best.
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