King Charles and Princess Catherine were identified by the British press as the royals who were named in the initial Dutch publication of Omid Scobie’s book Endgame: Inside the Royal Family and the Monarchy's Fight for Survival as allegedly participating in conversations about the potential skin tone of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.
During a sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2021, Duchess Meghan revealed there were several conversations and concerns about “how dark” her first-born son’s skin would be. She shared that this information was relayed to her by Prince Harry. When Winfrey asked who made the statements, Meghan declined to reveal, saying it would be “very damaging” to their reputation.
Scobie said he identified the people who questioned Archie’s skin tone, though he did not include their names in his book because United Kingdom libel laws prevent him from revealing the two royals publicly, according to Good Morning America. However, two passages in the original Dutch translation cited King Charles and Princess Kate as allegedly being involved. Endgame’s Dutch publisher, Xander Uitgevers, pulled the book from shelves and stated to ABC News “An error occurred in the Dutch translation and is currently being rectified.”
Scobie told ABC News the error is being investigated. “It is of course extremely frustrating and disappointing that the Dutch edition of Endgame contained references to names not included in any other edition of the book, nor the manuscript written, edited and signed off on by myself," Scobie said to ABC News. “There is now an investigation going on into how this transpired and I look forward to learning more.”
Royal family members have not publicly commented on Endgame, and a Buckingham Palace spokesperson told ABC News they are “considering all options” regarding King Charles and Princess Kate being named in the controversy.
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