British Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has issued an apology after being accused of humiliating his young nephew online.

Hamilton sparked controversy by telling his young nephew: "Boys don't wear princess dresses" in a now-deleted Instagram video at a family gathering on Christmas day.

Now, the 32-year-old has apologised for his words on Twitter, saying: "Yesterday I was playing around with my nephew and realised that my words were inappropriate so I removed the post.

Hamilton's nephew opted to don a pink and purple princess dress for the big day on Monday, and looked chuffed with his costume while waving around a pink wand. Photo / Instagram
Hamilton's nephew opted to don a pink and purple princess dress for the big day on Monday, and looked chuffed with his costume while waving around a pink wand. Photo / Instagram

"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.

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"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."

Hamilton's nephew opted to don a pink and purple princess dress for the big day on Monday, and looked chuffed with his costume while waving around a pink wand.

Hamilton, who captioned the post using an embarrassed monkey emoji, said:
Hamilton, who captioned the post using an embarrassed monkey emoji, said: "I'm so sad right now - look at my nephew." Photo / Instagram

Hamilton, who captioned the post using an embarrassed monkey emoji, said: "I'm so sad right now — look at my nephew."

He then asked the youngster: "Why are you wearing a princess dress? Is this what you got for Christmas?

"Why did you ask for a princess dress for Christmas?"

The 32-year-old was celebrating the festive period abroad and ended his video by controversially claiming: "Boys don't wear princess dresses!"

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