New book reignites British royal race row

December 1, 2023 2:52 pm

[Source: Reuters]

Almost three years after Prince Harry and his wife Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey sent shockwaves through the British monarchy, their most sensational claim which provoked a royal race row has been reignited by a new book.

In the dramatic interview with the U.S. talk show host in 2021, Meghan, whose mother is Black and father is white, said while she was pregnant with son Archie there were “concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born”.

The couple declined to say which unnamed royal had made the remarks, although Winfrey later clarified it was neither the late Queen Elizabeth nor her husband Prince Philip.

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The furore led Buckingham Palace to issue a statement on behalf of the queen which pointedly said “recollections may vary”, and a denial the family were racist from now heir Prince William. Harry, the younger son of King Charles, said in a subsequent 2023 TV interview, neither he nor Meghan had accused anyone in their family of racism.

But a new book about the royals written by journalist Omid Scobie has brought the issue back to the fore, making front page news again Britain this week.

In his book “Endgame”, Scobie says the names of two figures involved were identified in private letters between Charles and Meghan following the Winfrey interview, but said he was prevented from naming them by UK laws.

However, on Tuesday, Xander Uitgevers, the Dutch publisher said it had temporarily removed the book from sale because of “an error” in the country’s edition in which the two royals were indeed named, although that particular paragraph does not appear at all in the English version.

“I edited and wrote the English version, there’s never been a version that I produced that has names in it,” Scobie told Dutch broadcaster RTL Boulevard this week.