The now-deleted tweet showed a couple walking hand-in-hand with a young chimp, dressed in smart clothes.
While he claims that he posted the picture purely because he thought it was funny to see a chimp dressed in such a way, people have made the link between the old, despicably racist trope of black people being likened to monkeys, and the royal baby being of part-African-decent.
Baker deleted the tweet and in a later apology said:
“Sorry my gag pic of the little fella in the posh outfit has whipped some up. Never occurred to me because, well, mind not diseased.“
He then added:
“Connection never occurred to me till people were good enough to enlighten.
Little fella in posh suit. Anyway, deleted now.”
In light of the outrage, the BBC fired Danny Baker, condemning the apparent joke.
Baker broke the news himself to Twitter
In general, people are in favour of the sacking, but a few have spoken against it, saying that Baker purely wasn’t thinking when he tweeted the photo.
Images via Twitter, Getty