Prince Charles did not speculate about Archie's skintone

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  • Charles, Prince of Wales
    Charles, Prince of Wales
    Eldest son and heir-apparent of Queen Elizabeth II (born 1948)
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Claims that Prince Charles was the royal family member who allegedly speculated about Archie’s skintone have been dubbed “fiction”, by the Palace. A new book about the private lives of Princes William and Harry tried to point the finger at their father after Meghan alluded to a senior royal making racist remarks, during her explosive Oprah interview.

But Clarence House says allegations made in Brothers And Wives: Inside The Private Lives of William, Kate, Harry and Meghan are: “fiction and not worth further comment,” according to a new report by Page Six.

A “well-placed source” who contributed to Christopher Andersen’s new book is said to have claimed that a “hushed” exchange about what Harry and Meghan’s first child might look like happened between Charles and his wife Camilla at breakfast on November 27, 2017.

Camilla was apparently “somewhat taken aback” by Charles’s question and replied, “Well, absolutely gorgeous, I’m certain.” Charles is then accused of adding: “I mean, what do you think their children’s complexion might be?”

Photo credit: Pool - Getty Images
Photo credit: Pool - Getty Images

The speculation over a so-called 'royal racist' in the family’s midst dates back to Meghan and Harry’s TV interview with Oprah Winfrey back in March in which she said: “In those months, when I was pregnant, all around this same time, we had in tandem the conversation of ‘[Archie] won’t be given security; he won’t be given a title’…and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin will be when he’s born. That was relayed to me from Harry, that was from conversations that family had with him. It was really hard to see those as compartmentalised conversations."

Aside from confirming that it was not the Queen or her late husband Prince Philip who made the comments, the Palace has not said any more on the subject except to say in a statement: “The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.

"The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately."

From Prince William's side, all he’s said is: “We're very much not a racist family” when questionned by reporters a week after the interview aired.

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