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Lewis Hamilton apologises for calling out nephew for wearing dress

Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton. Credit: PA

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

With the video having been taken down, Hamilton made his apology in a series of messages posted on Twitter on Boxing Day.

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In the video, Hamilton tells his 5.7 million followers: "I'm so sad right now. Look at my nephew."

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

Hamilton asks the small child: "Why are you wearing a princess dress? Is this what you got for Christmas?"

The Instagram story video went out to Hamilton's 5.7 followers. Credit: Instagram

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

He then shouts at the boy: "Boys don't wear princess dresses!"

The youngster covers his ears with his hands and turns away.

The video had drawn widespread criticism on Instagram and Twitter.